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Chugmaster 12-02-2012 07:21 PM

Stainless or Wood Bench
Is it just me or is there a clear safety reason why it makes sense to go with a wood bench rather than a stainless bench for electric brewing.

I realize that everything is connected to a GFCI, but for added safety, doesn't it make sense to go with wood?

mateomtb 12-02-2012 08:25 PM

I don't think so. If it's wrong it's wrong. At some point you touch everything in your system. Electricity doesn't care if you are electrocuting yourself on your table or kettle.

abarnett 12-03-2012 12:08 AM

I'd want a well-grounded metal bench instead of the wood. I'd feel safer having an explicit path to ground (that I wasn't a part of). Any spilled liquid or improperly grounded kettle could be a problem for a wood bench.

garbageman 12-03-2012 12:28 AM

Either. Just follow all proper wiring practices and your fine. A good GFI source and ground everything. Don't be sloppy, it can kill you.

When I was outside it was a metal rig I welded up. But coming inside to brew electric I wanted some warmth and old school bar feel with the brewery. My vote is wood.


hammis 12-03-2012 02:18 AM

that looks really sharp!

garbageman 12-03-2012 10:56 AM

Thanks, control panel goes in this week.

There was a really nice stainless brewstand on the "show your brew rig" thread. It used a nice SS prep table and stainless shelves. It rolled and had a nice control panel.

garbageman 12-03-2012 08:45 PM

For stainless, look at MaxOut !!


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ryan_george 12-06-2012 03:06 PM

Stainless is nice if you have the money and the tools.
Wood is nice because it is cheap and easy.

In electric brewing, nothing gets hot enough to create a concern for burning a wooden stand. I would also say that there isn't any difference in terms of this "grounding" concern you have. As long as all of your metal components (that interact with electricity) are properly grounded, there is no chance of getting the "zap".

Poobah58 12-06-2012 11:15 PM

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I'm a wood man myself. I added some aluminum diamond plate to make it last for years. Plus, I grounded the plate which in turn grounds all my kettles...

aquenne 12-07-2012 11:28 PM


Originally Posted by Poobah58 (Post 4657286)
I'm a wood man myself. I added some aluminum diamond plate to make it last for years. Plus, I grounded the plate which in turn grounds all my kettles...

Hmm.. you did ground each of your e kettles with dedicated grounding wire correct? I would not rely on the the fact that the kettle is just resting on a steel plate as a solid ground.

you could do some tests via an ohm meter to check your resistance to ground thru the water, or pot, and then test directly within the panel and see what the difference is.

sidenote.. all that stainless is purty :)

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