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Old 05-02-2007, 04:39 PM   #1
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Would anybody here have any interest in purchasing a plate chiller that can be taken apart and cleaned, won't leak (if properly assembled), works as well as any other plate chiller, and costs less than a therminator?

I'm in the middle of development on a new plate chiller and I just need to know if I'll be able to sell any. Pictures pending... waiting to hear back from the patent lawyer. The German company Alfa Laval has a lock on almost every heat exchanger patent and I have to see if I can get a new provisional patent. Otherwise I'll have to license an existing one.

Anyway... let me know.

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Old 05-02-2007, 04:44 PM   #2
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Would anybody here have any interest in purchasing a plate chiller that can be taken apart and cleaned, won't leak (if properly assembled), works as well as any other plate chiller, and costs less than a therminator?

I'm in the middle of development on a new plate chiller and I just need to know if I'll be able to sell any. Pictures pending... waiting to hear back from the patent lawyer. The German company Alfa Laval has a lock on almost every heat exchanger patent and I have to see if I can get a new provisional patent. Otherwise I'll have to license an existing one.

Anyway... let me know.
Does it come with a Holy Grail?

I think if you can pull that off you'll sell a few here.
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Old 05-02-2007, 04:50 PM   #3
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Oh it works... and it can be done. The only reason it hasn't yet is because nobody wants to spend the time doing it. Aside from homebrewing, there aren't very many applications for a serviceable small scale heat exchanger. therminators and shirron chillers are just remarketed brazed plate heat exchangers originally engineered for other applications, namely closed loop refrigeration. Just do a google search for "brazed plate heat exchanger" and you'll find dozens of companies selling them.

Nobody's approached making a plate chiller specifically for homebrewing because in the grand scope of things, it's such a small market. but for a guy like me, if I sell even 1000 of these at a fair price, I'm that much better off...

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Old 05-02-2007, 04:53 PM   #4
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I'll commit--I'll buy one.

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I'll take two!!

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i'd probably buy one. I agree that it should not be that hard to make something for a good price.

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Old 05-02-2007, 05:07 PM   #7
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wow. okay so there definitely is an interest. This post hasn't even been up that long.

I still have to tweak the design to make manufacture more cost effective. And this patent research process isn't progressing as quick as I'd like. I can say right now if it ends up that I have to license someone else's patent I probably won't end up selling these... but I suppose making a few on the side and propagating the information online won't hurt. Either way, my timeline is to get this ball rolling before summer's end. I'll definitely come back here looking for testers willing to buy one at cost in return for feedback.

Thanks guys.

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Old 05-02-2007, 05:11 PM   #8
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I'd be up for one. Let us know what you find out.

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I think you've got a gold mine here, I really do. I love my plate chiller but it pisses me off that I can't see inside it. I'm confident it is clean, and I am confident that my cleaning process works--but I'd like to know for sure.

REALLY looking forward to your results!!!!!

Keep in touch!

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Old 05-02-2007, 05:26 PM   #10
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I'll be following this with much interest!

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