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Old 02-01-2012, 06:07 PM   #1
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Default Single tier... how close is too close?

I have access to a BUNCH of 3x3x11ga drop in the scrap pile at work. All the drop is 50 1/4" long so that limits my design length.
How close is too close on the keggles? I have them modeled with a 1/2 inch gap but can slide the outer keggles out some more because the bar grating is flush with the top of the frame.
I have not decided if I want to go with an electric system or a fired system yet.

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Old 02-01-2012, 06:47 PM   #2
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I'm not sure about gas-fired system, but for electric, I think you're probably ok. Keep in mind your placement of your ports on your keggles which will most likely be along the front or the back.

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Old 02-01-2012, 07:08 PM   #3
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If you don't miter the ends, you can get an additional 6" of width on the top surface of the stand.

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If you don't miter the ends, you can get an additional 6" of width on the top surface of the stand.
Great idea... Will do that. I will just have to cap the ends of the transverse tubes...
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Like this...
It gave me just the right amount of space between the keggles. Also, I might keep the ends open... Any ideas what I could do with the huge openings?

Or... I could miter the "end pieces"...

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You can weld caps on or buy plastic plugs, but your idea of mitering the end pieces would look the best in my opinion.

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Whats the weight per linear foot of 3x3x11ga? That thing is going to weigh a TON.

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Whats the weight per linear foot of 3x3x11ga? That thing is going to weigh a TON.
4.75#/ft.
With (3) empty keggles, it is right at 250#. If I put on some heafty casters, it shouldn't be too much work to roll around.
Heck, I can use it as a tornado shelter when I am not using it to brew on! haha!
Really though, the material is free. Even the bar grating. I work at a metal fabrication shop... I will weld it all myself. I can roll 250# around for free material.
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That looks nice! How are you making those drawings?

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That looks nice! How are you making those drawings?
I am using SolidWorks 2012.

I knocked another 20# off the rig with empty keggles. Down to 230-ish... I realized the top of the keggles would be up just shy of shoulder level so I took some height out of the rig. I had hoped to be able to store my keggles under the unit but it is more important that I be able to stir have access to the keggles than store kegs...
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