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Old 02-07-2014, 06:13 PM   #1
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So I recently won a Blichmann Floor Burner for getting first place in a local competition (http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/b...or-burner.html). I brew on a wooden deck, so potential fire hazards got me looking for possible modifications. You can buy longer legs from Blichmann, but my dad and I are both into DIY and saving money.

Heres the equipment we used. We got most of it for free at work. My dad owns an A/V Event planning company, so we have lots of scraps laying around. Hopefully you could get most of this stuff on the cheap.

- 10ft piece of unistrut ~$15 (eventually cut into four 2.5 ft pieces)
- something to cut the unistrut (probably the most expensive, but maybe you can find a friend that has something)
- Drill equipped with a 3/8 bit that can go through stainless steel
- Eight big washers that are wider than the unistrut
- Eight strut nuts (http://www.lowes.com/pd_109068-53911...ductId=3284278)
- Eight 3/8" bolts
- Eight 3/8" lock washers
- Adjustable wrench
- Level


First, we cut the unistrut into 4 equal pieces. The ends have to be straight for leveling purposes. We actually had 4 equalish pieces lying around. So you could do that instead. Their exact length is less important with the strut nuts.

Next we drilled an extra 3/8" hole through the outside edge of the leg. The burner already has one, you just need another below it. Try to make the holes the same distance apart from each other on each leg, but the strut nuts will help if you are off.

Next take the unistrut and hold a strut nut inside of it with the groves of the nut facing the open part of the unistrut. Then place the open part of the unistrut against the outside of the leg, with a big washer in between the unistrut and the leg. Use the bolt with a lock washer to tighten this down. Heres a picture to illustrate (not the best quality, but youll get it).


Repeat these steps with every hole. The best part about the strut nuts, is that you can loosen them up to level out the legs.

Ill post more pictures when I get home.

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Heres a picture of the finished product. However, this is before we realized that the big washers would keep the strut from bending. Like I said, more to come.

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Is that stable with a full pot on it?

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Is that stable with a full pot on it?
I believe it will be, being able to level out with the strut nuts really helps. Obviously I will test the full capabilities before I brew. Might have to add some sort of feet to the bottom.

Also the burner comes with some clamps that keep the pot from sliding. Im sure that will help as well.
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I believe it will be, being able to level out with the strut nuts really helps. Obviously I will test the full capabilities before I brew. Might have to add some sort of feet to the bottom.

Also the burner comes with some clamps that keep the pot from sliding. Im sure that will help as well.
I'm not trying to nock your design, but they sell leg extensions for roughly $40. I have the burner and know how heavy that this is on its own. I hope that it works out for you, if it does you may be onto something!
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Old 02-07-2014, 06:33 PM   #6
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Just looking at it, without feeling the stability, I would put some horizontal supports in between each leg!

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