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Old 01-07-2014, 02:22 AM   #61
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Great idea for the back purge. I've seen folks use the sintered bronze vent fittings to act as a diffuser for back shielding. Aluminum foil works well for piping. You always need a vent to prevent the pressure from creating a weld blow out. Argon is heavier than oxygen, so you can use that to your advantage too

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Old 01-12-2014, 07:39 PM   #62
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Making good progress. Man there are a lot of welds on this damn thing. Frame is all welded and working on burner mounts now. There is light (and fire) at the end of the tunnel!imageuploadedbyhome-brew1389559186.050009.jpg

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Old 01-13-2014, 11:29 AM   #63
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Looking good D! Nice welding table.

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Old 01-13-2014, 12:04 PM   #64
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Old 01-19-2014, 09:37 PM   #65
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Update: so, things have gone south but maybe someone can learn from my mistakes. My partner (who is a 15 year UA fitter and a damn good welder) fit the rig up and tacked everything. Unbeknownst to us until now, he forgot to weld the side support beam nearest the gas beam. The gas beam was tacked and I did all of the finish welding. So, a leak test was done and failed miserably. Couplings were all good but it was leaking out of the front beam. We were stumped. After cutting off the gas beam, we then found the problem. Problem solved? Nope. After finding more leaks and welding accordingly, we just could not get the damn gas line air tight. So, we discussed with the customer and decided the safest way is to hard pipe the line behind the beam. Couplings were cut off and small pieces were welded over the holes.

I feel like a failure but I know we tried everything we could. Safety of the customer is first and foremost so at least we can all sleep well at night.

Point of this ramble: make damn sure you and your fabricator pressure check the gas line if you are building a Brutus 10!!

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Old 01-19-2014, 10:01 PM   #66
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Forgot a few details. We cut the gas beam out and seal welded square caps on both ends. We then welded the beam back onto the frame.

One thing I will do differently next time is either raise or lower the location of the gas beam so it is independent of the side supports. It may not be aesthetically correct or to the original plans, but I feel that it will cause less leakage issues.

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Old 01-27-2014, 12:40 PM   #67
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My partner and I are going to start making Brutus 10 stands (both stainless and mild steel). We will take the lessons learned from the last one and ensure a quality product. If anyone is in the market for a stand (any design you can dream up), please contact me to discuss. We will be happy to ship. We are also thinking about doing conical fermenters. If it is metal, we can weld it! Thanks all.

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Old 01-27-2014, 05:07 PM   #68
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Upgraded to Vendor status now? Looking forward to seeing your products on here!

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Old 01-27-2014, 05:27 PM   #69
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