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Old 10-02-2006, 09:28 PM   #1
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I looked at home Depot yesterday and they wanted 58 dollars for 20 feet of 1/4 inch flexible copper pipe. It looks like it's cheaper to buy an immersion chiller than make one from scratch????

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Old 10-02-2006, 09:30 PM   #2
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Yup.

Unless you can do what I did; HD couldn't tell me how much the 25' lengths of quarter-inch tubing were, so they sold me them at the 10' price ($15). 50' of 1/4 tubing for $30, which I used to make a very effective dual-coil chiller. Otherwise, though, SOOL, copper is MAD expensive.

Someone suggested Ace Hardware as being a possible source; maybe take a look at the small hardware stores, low turnover places that maybe haven't increased prices yet.

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Old 10-02-2006, 09:49 PM   #3
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Right now it could be cheaper to buy, just because some companies (unlike the oil boys) do not jack the prices on everything in stock each time prices change. In accounting we call that FIFO, first in, first out. People use it, because it can be cheaper just to let the prices ride through rather than constantly re-price items. I paid $1.65 a foot for 1/4" three weeks ago.

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I've lucked out. Found about 30' of 1/2 in copper tubing from back when I did my upstairs bathroom. Just have to clean it up and add the connections. Of course I need a bigger pot to make it worth while

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Old 10-02-2006, 10:51 PM   #5
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Look for stainless steel. I found that 3/8 inch stainless here is half the price of 3/8 copper. works the same or better uses the same compression fittings. But you will have to use a spring type tubing bender. and now i get no corrosion. I use it for a prechiller and a CF chiller.

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Look for stainless steel. I found that 3/8 inch stainless here is half the price of 3/8 copper. works the same or better uses the same compression fittings. But you will have to use a spring type tubing bender. and now i get no corrosion. I use it for a prechiller and a CF chiller.
Where are you that SS is cheaper than copper? It maybe time for a road trip.
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Old 10-02-2006, 11:08 PM   #7
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I think it may be just about anywhere. But it is not so easy to find place that stock it. 3/8 coper here for 20 feet you are looking at $60 plus at HD. For stainless I was quoted $1.40 per foot at a local plumbing store. It may have reflected a discount since I was in uniform at the time.

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Old 10-02-2006, 11:40 PM   #8
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I'm in Vatoville (san antonio) and it's not that cheap. I'll be going thru Abilene soon whats the name of the supply store?

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Apparently I need to make a trip to Texas!!! I can't find stainless stock, pipe, tubing, or anything else anywhere in town, and it's ridiculously priced online!

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Old 10-03-2006, 02:47 AM   #10
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Yes you are correct. I lucked out and convinced the SWMBO to let me buy one before the makers caught on to the fact that the price of copper increased. Bought mine from Austins when shipping was free after $60 no less

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