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ak47clown 03-29-2009 03:10 PM

Tank depot Inductor tanks?
 
I happened to click on an add i saw for tank depot at the top of the page last night and took a look at the plastic conicals they are offering. You could get a 15 gallon tank for 57.99 (+5% off discount their hbt) (stand is another 65 but i'd probably build something). Seems like a pretty good deal but i haven't seen anyone else saying much about these-there's Norwesco and Ace tanks. Unfortunately, the site is extremely vague on what the difference is between them...

Nurmey 03-29-2009 03:33 PM

The vendor is a member here so you can shoot him an email with your questions. I've looked at them a few times but I have a moratorium on beer spending until April 15th. :(

LooyvilleLarry 03-30-2009 02:16 AM

Yeah, if they made a double walled conical (read jacketed) with some connections, there would be a massive rush ( call me first).

ak47clown 03-30-2009 02:17 AM

cool-i'll look into it. If i can figure out a practical way of regulating the temp then i'll probably go for it

ak47clown 03-30-2009 02:30 AM

I'm almost thinking that with not too much effort, you can take a "keg bucket" (one of those plastic buckets you fill with ice and put a keg in) and cut a hole in the bottom, put the end part of the conical through it and then seal it with silicone. Then fill the bucket with water and use an aquarium heater to regulate temp like i do with my 5 gallon presently. Obviously, you'd need a custom stand but i'm thinking nothing more than a work bench with a hole in it.

LooyvilleLarry 03-30-2009 02:56 AM

Yeah, I'm thinking that someone with a factory that makes conical tanks could make an outer shell of the main tank a hella lot easier :)

TankDepot 03-30-2009 01:00 PM

Good morning all,
"the site is extremely vague on what the difference is between them"
AK - There is virtually no difference between the Ace manufactured and Norwesco manufactured inductor tanks. The only significant differences are the shipping points, best to pick one closest. I've carried the Ace tanks for almost a decade with virtually no disappointing feedback. I had added the Norwesco models more recently after reading that a member here at HBT felt that their lids closed more securely.
Irr81765 - You are correct, some manufacturers do make plastic shell stands for cone bottom tanks, however anyone who does only molds 15 degree sloping tanks ( Polyethylene Cone Bottom Tank with Poly Stand (Chem-Tainer) ). While it should be relatively easy to make and run a mold for a 60 degree tank, I would anticipate that the extra height and plastic could kill the cost-effectiveness.

I've seen several good DIY solutions for inductor stands.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/inductor-tank-conical-build-106602/

LooyvilleLarry 03-30-2009 01:16 PM

Any chance we might see a "sleeve" that could be optionally added to a 15g fermenter? Something that would allow a liquid to surround the main tank (not necessarily the cone). ?

Hokie 03-30-2009 03:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lrr81765 (Post 1228211)
Any chance we might see a "sleeve" that could be optionally added to a 15g fermenter? Something that would allow a liquid to surround the main tank (not necessarily the cone). ?

Can you not buy a larger tank to place the smaller one inside? I imagine it might take some creative construction to remain solid, but as long as the dimensions allowed, I'd think the tanks are cheap enough to experiment with.

Cpt_Kirks 03-30-2009 04:02 PM

As to chilling, for something this big, a dedicated CL fridge may be called for. I have seen several pics of full size fridges with big conicals inside.

Though, those designs with the tank wrapped in copper tubing are pretty cool, too.

One of those tanks is on my list, but it will be a while before I get that far.


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