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Old 07-20-2009, 01:46 PM   #1
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Default Cracked Home Depot Cooler

So back at the end of May I purchased and converted a 10 gallon, Home Depot, Rubbermade style cooler to start doing large All-Grain Batches. I used it about 3 times and a bubble formed on the inside, running up the side. I realized something may be wrong with it, but I did my best to run water down the walls of it to preheat it ans such before using it.

Yesterday was my 5th batch using it and a crack appeared on the inside

Has anyone else had a similar experience? Any recommendations on how to avoid this?

I'm going to bring it in with the original hardware and see what they have to say, I'm just worried about this issue occurring again. I'm also wondering if I go with a square cooler if there is a lesser chance of this happening.

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Old 07-20-2009, 02:10 PM   #2
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That seems to be hit and miss. Some Folks have been using the same cooler as a MLT for years with no issues.

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Yeah, that is kind of my worry. I'll see what they say when I bring it in, but I'm not expecting much from corporate America.

What are some thoughts on square coolers?

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If you bring it back, tell them you used it for a hot beverage and you know that the "beverage" never reached higher than 168-170F.

I dont see why they wouldnt replace it for you.

I have a round igloo, and havent had any issues with it, ever. Sorry.

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That was the plan... It smells a bit like coffee, as I've done two batches of BM's Guinness in it, including when it cracked yesterday... I'll go with that

Its just frustrating.

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Good luck with the return.

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Yeah, it can't hurt, but I wouldn't get my hopes up. I'm sure they'll tell you that the coolers aren't designed to handle hot liquids. I haven't had any problems with my rectangular Coleman Xtreme, but then again, I haven't heard of any issues with these coolers, either.

EDIT: FWIW, I have always preheated my Xtreme with a small amount of boiling/near-boiling water, with no ill effects so far.

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Have you preheated it with boiling water? I think you may have a problem because as mentioned, I don't think they're meant for hot liquids.

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I've never used boiling water to preheat it, always heated my water an extra 10 degrees and waited for it to get down to my intended strike temperature. So the water that has gone in it has never been above 180-185 for sparging.

Using even hotter water probably wouldnt have made a difference. I think it wouldnt have cracked if it hadn't bubbled in like it did... That obviously induced some strain as the crack formed right in the middle of the bubble...

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I thought those cooler were rated for hot liquids, so you can serve coffee in them?

Crap, I was planning on using THD 10 gallon coolers for my new HLT and MLT.

I will drill holes in mine for thermometers and sight gauge, so taking it back will not be possible.

Later, the HLT will have a big heating element. If it won't take heat, it won't be able to handle the element.

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