Originally Posted by nobeerinheaven
so I'm wondering if a heatgun is sufficiently like a blow dryer that I could use my wife's, or if I could get something hot with a blow torch to mimic the effects of a plastic welder. Any thoughts?
Edit: I've also seen people recommend acetone, would something like that work so that the plastic would be more easily molded?.
Anything greater than a plastic welder/soldering iron is going to leave you worse off, you want direct/accurate heat. Not a wide area like a blow torch, heat gun or blow dryer is going to give you. Plus you'll want a source of filler. If you're stretching the plastic you're going to make it thin.
I think you should opt for the jb weld suggested. Not to be offensive, but if you have to ask what type of heat to use you're going to most likely make the hole bigger. I don't want to see you completely out of a mash tun.
As for acetone, yes it can make plastic more "fluid" but I'd be worried about some getting stuck in the plastic and leaching out during a mash.