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Old 11-05-2012, 12:51 AM   #11
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Slitting 1/2" hose up the middle allows it to be easily installed on the bottom of a keggle and does wonders for insulating it from the surface it rests upon. (Use the material of your choice, I happened to have reinforced vinyl laying around when I built mine.)



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Old 11-05-2012, 02:38 PM   #12
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Thanks for the input everyone! Some really great ideas!

The thought occurred to me this morning - would a concrete stepping stone stand up to the heat?



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Old 11-05-2012, 04:12 PM   #13
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Thanks for the input everyone! Some really great ideas!

The thought occurred to me this morning - would a concrete stepping stone stand up to the heat?
Realize "the heat" is only boiling wort. Even your laminate should be able to handle 212F. A better reason to insulate the bottom is to minimize heat loss.
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:59 PM   #14
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Realize "the heat" is only boiling wort. Even your laminate should be able to handle 212F. A better reason to insulate the bottom is to minimize heat loss.
Excellent points. I should also mention that I have even one more reason to put something underneath - I would like to raise the height of the BK an inch or two above the laminate (simply because of my cfc is gravity fed).
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I've done three boils, with one for 2 hours, on my laminate countertop with no sign of wear on the countertop. I have a keggle so just the rim makes contact.

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Default Warped a chopping block

Had my 120V 2000W e-kettle on a 1" thick wood chopping block during a 1 hour BIAB mash and following 1 hour boil and it warped...maybe cheap chopping block/wrong wood? Epicurean cutting boards are rated to 350 degrees but crazy expensive. A 12"x12"/16"x16" granite or marble tile would work and less than $6 each at Home Depot.

If I get my stainless prep table together it wouldn't matter but might try silicone mat and kettle would't slide around. Anyone know where a person can find a 16"x16" square of thick silicone?

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I should also mention that I have even one more reason to put something underneath - I would like to raise the height of the BK an inch or two above the laminate (simply because of my cfc is gravity fed).
Cut a circle out of a piece of rigid insulation from HD.
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Zombie thread...

Any more thoughts, ideas, comments as to what would work?

Not worried about setting my brew bench on fire (wood ignites around 300F).. but it does get a little warm, and who knows how high laminate flooring (what I used to top my bench) will go before ignition..

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Any more thoughts, ideas, comments as to what would work?

Not worried about setting my brew bench on fire (wood ignites around 300F).. but it does get a little warm, and who knows how high laminate flooring (what I used to top my bench) will go before ignition..
I doubt that your e-brew kettle is going to get hot enough to do any damage to laminate flooring. My E-BIAB keggle sits on my brew cart (a "re-purposed" gas grill chassis) atop a piece of a commercial interior office door that I picked up when they were remodeling a nearby building. It's laminate over heavy-grade press board. There's not a mark on it.
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I use a shelf system that I bought at Lowes. I spent around $40 with the wheels. Each shelf will hold 200 pounds and it's easy to wheel around the garage where I brew.

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