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Old 04-04-2012, 06:31 AM   #1
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I saw these on eBay and figured for this price, I could install my own port, sight glass, and thermometer for less than the price of some of equal sized big names. I know, I know, quality, quality, quality. I'm just curious if anyone has bought any of these from this person/business and if so, what did you like/dislike about it.

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/200734781097...84.m1438.l2649

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$30 to ship? ouch. That picture does not look like a 25 gallon kettle either. That price seems way too cheap if it really is 100 quarts, even with the ridiculous shipping.

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I saw these on eBay and figured for this price, I could install my own port, sight glass, and thermometer for less than the price of some of equal sized big names. I know, I know, quality, quality, quality. I'm just curious if anyone has bought any of these from this person/business and if so, what did you like/dislike about it.

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/200734781097...84.m1438.l2649
$125 for a 25 gallon SS pot? Dang. That's a good price. It's gotta be some thin metal. But hey, as long at it won't warp when you cook in it and it's actual SS, then it would be great for brewing.
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$30 to ship? ouch. That picture does not look like a 25 gallon kettle either. That price seems way too cheap if it really is 100 quarts, even with the ridiculous shipping.
You don't know how ebay works, do you?
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$125 for a 25 gallon SS pot? Dang. That's a good price. It's gotta be some thin metal. But hey, as long at it won't warp when you cook in it and it's actual SS, then it would be great for brewing.
That's what I was thinking. I've been looking for a 20 gallon pot and he has one for $110. It doesn't have a tri-clad bottom, but how much of a problem would that be?
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Old 04-04-2012, 06:14 PM   #6
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I saw these on eBay and figured for this price, I could install my own port, sight glass, and thermometer for less than the price of some of equal sized big names. I know, I know, quality, quality, quality. I'm just curious if anyone has bought any of these from this person/business and if so, what did you like/dislike about it.

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/200734781097...84.m1438.l2649
That kettle will work fine. It only has .8mm side walls and bottom which is getting thin (durability wise) for a kettle that large but it's not going to warp or anything like that.

Here's a breakdown on that kettle with weldless fittings vs our kettle with thicker walls and welded fittings

There's:
$125 - 100qt kettle, .8mm thickness
$45 - Ball valve - http://www.midwestsupplies.com/homeb...h-no-barb.html
$30 - Combo sightglass - http://www.bargainfittings.com/index...&product_id=83
$35 - Thermo - http://www.midwestsupplies.com/all-g...pt-thread.html

Total: $235 for kettle, accessories and your labor


Ours:
$230 - 100qt kettle, 1mm thickness http://spikebrewing.com/collections/...tical-couplers
$20 - Ball valve - http://spikebrewing.com/collections/...eel-ball-valve
$26 - Thermometer - http://spikebrewing.com/collections/...pt-thermometer
$30 - Combo Sight glass - http://www.bargainfittings.com/index...&product_id=90

Total: $306 for kettle, accessories and our labor

So it comes down to how important wall thickness and welded vs weldless is to you.

PS... We also sell the 100qt model with no fittings for $180 http://spikebrewing.com/collections/...ss-no-couplers


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That's what I was thinking. I've been looking for a 20 gallon pot and he has one for $110. It doesn't have a tri-clad bottom, but how much of a problem would that be?
It would be 0 problem. Tri-clad is not needed for brewing beer. The only reason we would recommend tri-clad is if you plan on using it on a glass stove top as the bottom of those kettles sit perfectly flat.
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That's what I was thinking. I've been looking for a 20 gallon pot and he has one for $110. It doesn't have a tri-clad bottom, but how much of a problem would that be?
I like the tri-clad bottoms, personally, but some people believe that they're unnecessary for brewing purposes and just adds needless weight.

But this pot without a tri-clad bottom is not a deal breaker in my opinion.
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$30 to ship? ouch. That picture does not look like a 25 gallon kettle either. That price seems way too cheap if it really is 100 quarts, even with the ridiculous shipping.
Ever shipped a brew pot? That price is about right for shipping.
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Ever shipped a brew pot? That price is about right for shipping.
I agree with this as well
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Weldless vs welded? There is no contest. "I will never buy another weldless fitting." Please repeat after me: "I will never buy another weldless fitting."

I really hate the weldless fittings and am sorry that I have them. They are a PIA and eventually leak. My only comment about the pot from Spike above is that the fitting is not an Tri Clover that is easier to clean. I would get the ball valve and sight glass, You need them. Also being a little thicker is better.

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