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Old 12-07-2012, 08:28 PM   #21
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+1 on the 11 gallon Bayou Classic! It's plenty thick and I havent found a better bang for the buck in that size kettle.
I have an 11 gal as well and love it. Went to EC Kraus home-brew supplies (it's a local shop but have a web page as well) and got a weld-less bulkhead/ball-valve with a bazooka screen I drilled in the other day. Looking forward to trying that out shortly!
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Old 12-08-2012, 04:24 AM   #22
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Let me know how that works out. I'm on the fence with the weld-less valves but it's something that I'd like to do if I knew it wouldn't be a leaker!

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Old 12-08-2012, 04:38 AM   #23
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Let me know how that works out. I'm on the fence with the weld-less valves but it's something that I'd like to do if I knew it wouldn't be a leaker!
I have a couple of weldless pots. I have ball valves and sight glasses. Probably have 2 dozen batches without any leaking. I was a little skeptical, but i'm pretty happy.
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:59 AM   #24
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Let me know how that works out. I'm on the fence with the weld-less valves but it's something that I'd like to do if I knew it wouldn't be a leaker!
First thing I did was put a few gallons if water to boil with no issues so I'm thinking I'll be good to go. Thinking about a sight gauge too but may just get another kettle with all the bells and whistles but this works well for now.
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:33 AM   #25
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Tons of us are using drilled pots with weldless ports. Give it a test run first and you'll be fine.

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Old 12-10-2012, 03:06 AM   #26
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Is it worth the money to get one with the welds versus the ones without? I have no plans of attempting any drilling... That could be a disaster! So I'm debating between the cheaper variety 10 gallon stock pot vs. the kind with two welds so I could put in a thermometer and whatnot. Thanks again!

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I just picked up the 1044 (arrived today in fact!). I would like to drill it for a weldless but have no experience drilling pots. Suggestions on how to go about drilling this pot to accept a 1/2" weldless kit?

Much appreciated in advance!

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Old 02-11-2013, 10:24 PM   #28
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You can do a search for more information but basically:

  • Use a bi-metal hole saw or a step bit (personally, I like the hole saw better but others disagree).
  • Lots of oil.
  • Keep your RPM pretty low to avoid work hardening the SS.
SS is pretty hard to machine but you're dealing with pretty thin stock so it's not so bad.
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I have to say that I just ordered a 20G kettle from Spike Brewing that's already setup with welded couplers. (Thanks for the last discount Ben!) I haven't received it yet but cant wait for the first batch from it.

Now, I am thinking about adding a ball valve to my 11G kettle. Guess I may try a weld less setup unless I can find a local welder for a good price. I still like the thought of welded better...

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I did 3 holes in my 1044 using the small step bit from Brewhardware.com and following the directions on the website. Came out great and I'm very happy with my kettle.

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