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Old 12-22-2009, 10:56 PM   #1
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So, I guess my dad got a relatively new 50 gallon nat gas water heater from work. It has a small leak somewhere but were thinking its from a fitting or something.

I'm wondering if there are any cool DIY projects we could use it for. I guess its porcelain on steel well insulated. If nothing else, its probably got a decent burner and temp control in it we could snag.

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Old 12-23-2009, 01:07 AM   #2
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not brewing related but you can turn it into an air tank for a compressor if you can plug the leak...

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Old 12-23-2009, 01:18 AM   #3
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I had to price 40 gallon water heaters last week. If I had a fairly new 50 gallon that may only be leaking fomr a fitting, I'd look into fixing the leak and selling it.

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Old 12-23-2009, 02:39 AM   #4
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hmmm, well i guess thats disappointing

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You could use it as a boiler. With 50g you could heat water to do back to back to back brews. You could get two mashtuns and use it to do double simultaneous batches. It would make one big ass HLT.

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If you take the temp control parts off of it, they are useful for using on a temp controlled HLT.

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well, I guess someone thought it was scrap and it got tossed

so much for that idea

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i got a 50gal boiler its nice for taking loooooong showers.

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You could take off the temp control and burner. Then you could turn the tank into a solar water heater. I have been wanting to build one for a long time, just can't find a good free water heater yet.

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