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Old 10-03-2006, 03:04 AM   #11
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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.
Stainless steel tubing will not conduct heat as efficiently as copper tubing. Copper has roughly 30 times the thermal conductivity of stainless steel. Although all metals are good thermal conductors, SS is the lowest of the common metals. Aluminum is a better thermal conductor than SS. Copper is much better than either of the other two.

Silver tubing would be even better than copper at transferring heat. It is a better thermal conductor than copper. Both stainless steel and copper are corrosion resistant, however, and silver is not. Plus, if you think copper is expensive, imagine what silver tubing would cost!
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Old 10-03-2006, 03:15 AM   #12
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Yeah, I'm ending up doing the buying route as well. NB has theirs for $45 (current price online, the paper catalog still has them at $39 which is a bummer) I'm taking Ed Wort's advice and making my "Get-Toe" chiller a pre-chiller. My next door neighbor has some compression fittings he's selling me which will work perfect on the old one. Of course he is a hydro racer so he has a little bit of everything. Wait til next summer when I ask him to help me build a brewstand.


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Old 10-03-2006, 08:36 AM   #13
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I ended up buying from LHBS b/c it was about $20 cheaper than I could make one. Bummed me out, because I'd always rather have a project - but the completed piece with fittings soldered & everything was cheaper than I could get raw materials.

Good news is that copper can't stay this high forever. And when it comes down, I'm building a CFC.

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Good news is that copper can't stay this high forever. And when it comes down, I'm building a CFC.
I guess the price has come down a little already. Do you think it will drop even more soon?
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I haven't really seen it come down too much in the futures market. It's been in a fairly tight range since the beginning of the summer, and has very much been flatlining for a few months, but I haven't seen any indications that prices are starting to move downward. It, along with a lot of the other base metals, have held up a bit better than the commodities that people follow more (crude oil, gold, silver).

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So, if I were to find an immersion chiller (25' of 3/8" copper) for less than $30, I should pick it up, right?

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For that price, buy two!

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So, if I were to find an immersion chiller (25' of 3/8" copper) for less than $30, I should pick it up, right?
Is this a local deal or can you share?
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After I make sure they have one left for me I'll be happy to send a link.

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After I make sure they have one left for me I'll be happy to send a link.
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