Being a proper lab nerd, I started thinking about glassware I could use to carefully drip ice water with. I mean, without good drip control, you might as well just use a carafe. Burets are an obvious choice for precision dripping, but they don't hold much volume-wise. They also have no room for ice, and they're way too expensive, even for schiessy ones. I've been meaning to get separatory funnels for kitchen projects anyway, and I thought they'd be a good candidate as well. They have a large reservoir and can hold a lot of ice. They're also generally too expensive, easily $40+ a pop for a large enough one.
Then I stumbled across this bastahd on Ebay:
They seem to have a whole palate of the things that they're trying to get rid of. You have the option to buy 24 at a time, haha. Shipping took forever, but for that price, it's worth it.
I picked up 4 for less than $10 apiece!! I already had some homemade ringstands (hardwood oak boards and dowels from the local hardware store), so I now have a $40, 4 spigot fountain (only 2 shown below) that kicks some booty and is certainly has some personal character. Plus I can still use the sep funnels for bizarro kitchen projects. The drip control is to die for (though it does get a drip every few seconds from the condensation in this godawful humid place). Note that only tiny ice cubes will fit into the top 24/40 ground glass joint. Any that are intended to fit in PET beverage bottles will do the trick.
And nothing says Belle Epoque like teflon stopcocks.
Edit: They hold 500+ mL each. Enough even for an Absomphesized glass, I reckon.
Edited by nerologic, 03 August 2011 - 08:38 PM.