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Old 10-12-2009, 08:59 PM   #1
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Default Ball valve and thermometer singeing.

Hey all, I bought a couple 10 gallon Mega pots from NB and had them drill holes for the valve and thermo. After a couple of brews I have been singeing the valve and thermometers. Has anyone else had this problem? I assumed this wouldnt happen since NB drilled the holes for me. I am using a banjo burner. Anyway I am pissed that I'm ruining a couple $40 thermometers.

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Old 10-12-2009, 09:01 PM   #2
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Are you letting the flames lap up around the bottom of the kettle.

If yes, turn it down.

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Old 10-12-2009, 09:02 PM   #3
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ditto, your flame should not come around the bottom of your pot.

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What's being damaged, especially on the valve?

Can you post pics?

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No the flames aren't coming over the side, as soon as I noticed what was goin on I turned the heat down. just the rubber sleeve over the ball valve handle is spontaniously catchin on fire, not that big of a deal but annoying. I'm just frusterated, I dont think I'm using excessive heat, the last brew I did I barely had a rolling boil cause I was afraid to kick up the heat.

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Old 10-12-2009, 09:12 PM   #6
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A simple heat shield would really help. You can make one out of some aluminum flashing.

Also, you can replace the valve handle wrap with a piece of silicone tubing.

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+1 on a heat shield, you can even use a piece of aluminum foil.

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Burning the rubber off seems pretty common around here.

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