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Old 05-27-2009, 05:31 PM   #21
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I got a chubby based on the thought of you gettin a chubby.

Is that wierd?

You a$$hole! You beat me to it!
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Old 05-27-2009, 05:32 PM   #22
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Ever since I saw pictures of your setup I've always wondered where your steam boiler is located? Are you firing your kettles some other way?
My guess, based on the tarnish on the supports, that he's got a burner inside the support column.

Just a guess.

If correct, is the jacket filled with water to generate steam within and x-fer around the kettle walls?
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Old 05-27-2009, 05:35 PM   #23
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That's my basic assumption, I'm just making sure there isn't some kind of mind blowing steam technique hidden in there...

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Old 05-27-2009, 05:39 PM   #24
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Very nice setup. Once I get a man cave to brew in, I hope to start a rig...

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Old 05-27-2009, 05:53 PM   #25
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Damn!!! I'm speachless.

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Old 05-27-2009, 06:10 PM   #26
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Wow.. i never thought of a dish shaped MLT. That is nasty with a capital N.

Thanks for sharing!

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Old 05-27-2009, 06:42 PM   #27
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Thanks everyone. It is a great toy. My wife tells me it is cheaper then a sports car!

The kettles are heated by themselves - no external boiler. I have water in the jackets, about a third full. Dual jet burners in each column heat the water to provide the stream. The jackets are sealed with pressure relief valves, so it is basically a big pressure cooker. I have been using a steam kettle heated in this manner for nearly 20 years. I bought a 20 gallon steam kettle from a restaurant equipment guy who showed me how to rig it up. People often looked at me wide eyed when I explain what I am doing, but it has never been a problem at all.

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Old 05-27-2009, 07:34 PM   #28
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People often looked at me wide eyed when I explain what I am doing, but it has never been a problem at all.
I figured as much and, personally, I think it's brilliant. No external boiler. Thorough heat distribution. And teh relief valve takes care of the potential boom issue.

I gotta get me one of those conicals. I've been eyeballing the B3 self contained 12 gal unit. Maybe, if I am a really good boy......
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Old 05-27-2009, 09:49 PM   #29
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That is definitely inspiring. Great work!

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Old 05-27-2009, 10:20 PM   #30
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Congrats - that thing is unbelievable!

I'm sure I've seen film of Pink Floyd playing something like that on stage back in about 1970...

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