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Old 10-10-2012, 10:16 PM   #571
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kudos...
very innovative and i like thinking outa the box!

hell, you should market it...

great job

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Old 10-10-2012, 10:19 PM   #572
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I am elated and embarrassed to say that 2 1/2 years after starting this thread I have finally finished my rig. In my defense I was working a job that required long hours and travel, I gutted and rebuilt my retirement home, sold my former home. I've converted the rig to natural gas and tomorrow I take it for my first retirement brew session...
you are an example of perserverence! enjoy the efforts of your labor in the first cool one you drink!

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Old 10-11-2012, 04:16 PM   #573
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My brother works for Tyco and uses tons of Unistrut. We built my fermentation chamber out of Unistrut and 5/8" plywood. The corner pieces and connectors is what can get pricey.

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Old 10-11-2012, 04:23 PM   #574
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The corner pieces and connectors is what can get pricey.
Correct. They winged connector pieces are made out of some super heavy duty stuff. I'm going to go for it though. The strut is so cheap that it'll still be relatively cheap with the more expensive connectors. One thing I changed my mind on, I had built a single station stand a few years ago out of the thinner 1 5/8" x 1" stuff and this time I'm going with the 1 5/8" square stuff. I think it'll make for much cleaner joints (where 3 pieces come together at a corner) and should look a little better. It's not that much more expensive. Just FYI, the 1 5/8" square strut is rated to handle a 1,690 lbs over a 24" span. The beam deflects only .060" at that loading. Pretty hefty stuff. It can handle 680 lbs over a 5' section. With vertical supports this will handle anything anyone would want to sit on it brewpot wise.
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Old 10-13-2012, 08:46 PM   #575
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I've had been designing a system using channel strut and found the fittings here.
http://www.strutchannelfittings.com/
I have not bought any yet but them seem to have a great assortment.
Also, if you want to design via CAD you can download the CAD files from Cooper which makes a brand of strut.
http://www.cooperindustries.com/cont...d_framing.html

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Old 10-30-2012, 02:35 AM   #576
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:34 PM   #577
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Sure... the rigid pipe is all 1/2" black pipe and all these parts except for the 3 hoses and needle valves were all from lowes:

Brass valve 1/2" F npt on one end and 3/8" M flare on the other (x1)
12" black pipe nipple (x1)
2" black pipe nipple (x2)
1/2" black pipe tee (x2)
1/2" black pipe 90* (x1)
1/2" x 1/4" black pipe reducing bushing (x3)
1/4" needle valves (x3) that I got online
1/4" brass close nipple (x3)
1/4" F x 3/8" F coupler (x3)
And then the hoses I got online from some RV parts dealer

I didn't see the need to run it all the way across the stand... I wanted to allow room for me to get my keggles under the rig from the back side for storage, and if I had run the manifold all the way across, it would have just been one more thing to maneuver around, plus why spend the extra on longer pipe?

Hope that helps!

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For the gas line do you know where I can find them?
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Has anyone built one of these using only the 1.5" material? 2.25" seems like it may be overkill. Am I alone in thinking this?

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Has anyone built one of these using only the 1.5" material? 2.25" seems like it may be overkill. Am I alone in thinking this?
You're talking about a stand that has to support 50-100lbs (or more) of boiling hot wort, not to mention the heat also weakening the metal. I'd say that "overkill" should probably be a bare minimum.
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You're talking about a stand that has to support 50-100lbs (or more) of boiling hot wort, not to mention the heat also weakening the metal. I'd say that "overkill" should probably be a bare minimum.
Agreed. The first time I ran my rig up to boiling it started to sag so I added additional bracing. I usually fill my HLT so I have lots of hot water for cleanup. I estimate the total load on the rig at 250 lbs including the keggles.
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