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Old 01-20-2010, 02:10 PM   #1
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was just wandering if a keggle could be welded with a stick welder. My neighbor is a very good stick welder and he said he could weld them up for me. I took my lid over and had him weld on the washers and they dont look to bad, he said it would have even looked better if he had 3/32 rod.

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Old 01-20-2010, 02:21 PM   #2
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For a sanitary stainless weld I would want it TIG or gas welded.

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Old 01-20-2010, 04:55 PM   #3
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I think rust is a big issue. Is he using stainless rods? Even so, the possibility of the excess heat removing the stainless properties around the weld scare me. I know you can use various flux materials to help, but I'd be hesitant.

I'm guessing you won't be the first to do it though.

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Old 01-20-2010, 05:06 PM   #4
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i am kind of hesitant but I think I will go ahead and let him try on one coupler and see how it looks. since it is so conveniant.

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Let us know how it holds up regarding rust after a few uses. I own a stick welder but I'm too chicken to use it on my precious kegs.

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IMHO there isn't enough temp control on an arc weld to keep it from changing the stainless composition, let alone the major sugaring that will take place w/o purging the back with argon. I guess a little rust never hurt anyne either. I would get them tig welded, but that's just me.

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I had my neighbor stick weld couplers on my kegs with a stainless rod. They aren't as clean as the one I had TIG welded but I haven't had any problems so far. I can't complain though, I got 11 couplers stick welded for $35 from my neighbor vs. $15 for a single TIG weld at the welding shop.

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I wouldn't. Stainless comes in so many flavors. 18/0 - 18/8 - 18/10...

It will hold wort, but I would have it professionally done. (TIG with shielding gasses.)

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Go for it. It makes no difference. You will be boiling everything that touches those welds. IMHO all this worry about sanitary welds is a waste of time. Does not matter what is "stuck" in the cracks. Its all brew material, and at 200+ degrees. Nothing will remain alive.

If you have a line on cheap welding. Take advantage. Worst case you might have to clean the area around the weld after every brew. Big deal. You should do that anyway.

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Old 01-21-2010, 12:27 AM   #10
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i got the couplings ordered from bargain fittings. I think i will let him weld in a couple and I am going to silver solder or braze some myself and see what I like best. Another ? I have been looking for cadmium free 3/32 welding rod and cannot find any. Do they even make it?

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