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Old 02-16-2009, 10:15 PM   #1
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Default What Magnets/Stir Bar do you use for your Stir Plate?

My magnets are too weak and want to order some new/better ones -- any recommendations?

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Old 02-16-2009, 10:17 PM   #2
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I have a homemade stirplate that I use a 1 inch bar on as well as a 3/4 inch bar.
My magnet came from a harddrive.

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Old 02-17-2009, 12:11 AM   #3
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I use two of the 1/4"x1/8" rare earth disc magnets from magnacraft at amazon.com They work great.

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Old 02-17-2009, 12:18 AM   #4
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I have a homemade stirplate that I use a 1 inch bar on as well as a 3/4 inch bar.
My magnet came from a harddrive.
Where did you get your stir bar?
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Old 02-17-2009, 02:04 AM   #5
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Try one of these places.

Site Search :: Midwest Supplies Homebrewing and Winemaking Supplies

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StirBars.com - Magnetic Stir Bars at Small-Town Prices!

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Old 02-17-2009, 02:19 AM   #6
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I use one magnet from a hard drive centered on a 12 volt fan.




I got the stirbar from McMaster-Carr.

I had other stuff to order and just added them on.

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Old 02-17-2009, 03:10 AM   #7
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I recently picked up 6 stir bars on eBay for less than $15.....food for thought.

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Old 02-17-2009, 05:18 AM   #8
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Rare earth magnets from Harbor Freight. $3...

Stir bars from ebay. Get the 2"+ if you're stirring a large starter.

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Old 02-17-2009, 04:23 PM   #9
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I get my stir bars from Northern Brewer. I wait until I am ordering something else due to their flat rate shipping. My magnets came from a harddrive, but you can get several different sizes at RadioShack.

Also, I keep a magnetic wreath hanger (for a front door) in my brew box. That way if you pitch the bar in the carboy by accident, you can easily fish it up the side of the glass.

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Old 02-17-2009, 08:54 PM   #10
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I just used the other magnet from the hard drive as a stir bar. Shoved it into a piece of vinyl tubing and then cut and sealed the ends of the tubing with pliers and a lighter. Works great.

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