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Old 02-16-2011, 05:08 PM   #1
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I'm planning a brewstand build out of 2" stainless square tubing. Should I go 1/8" or 1/16" wall thickness? The price difference is substansial, will the thinner material be strong enough for a 10 gallon single tier system?

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Old 02-16-2011, 09:48 PM   #2
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You're making me do math... in inches, 1/8" is 11 gauge and 1/16" is 16 gauge.
If you're doing a one row cart 16 gauge will probably work fine. You can gusset or triangle brace the corners to make it bullet proof.

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1/16" will work fine, but I would need to see your design to say whether it would need gusseting or bracing.
304 stainless will be cheaper than 316, but you may have already realized that.
Where do you plan on buying from?

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Also consider going with 1.5" tubing. I know you're probably going for that industrial look, but 1.5" still looks sharp and you'll save some dough. You're not supporting any substantial weight, and it's a static load. If you design your burners and windshields well, it won't be a problem to go lighter.

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Where do you plan on buying from?
Thanks for the help. I was pricing the steel from onlinemetals.com. While I am avid fan of DIY, I am a relative noob compared to the many skilled craftsmen on this forum and my DIY drive has stemmed largely from my interest in brewing. I am basically buying tools as I go and learning as I go at this point. Where should I look to source this kind of steel locally?

Scuba: I am considering 1.5", however I think I can accept the price of the 2" in 1/16th thickness for how cool it will make the finished product look.
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Look for a local metal supplier. It will be cheaper than online metals

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Do the same rules apply for regular steel? I mean size - wise.

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1/16" will work fine, but I would need to see your design to say whether it would need gusseting or bracing.
I am going to draw it up in sketchup this weekend, I'll post it up here and maybe you can take a look and let me know your opinion.
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Question...why stainless steel? Are you planning to paint it? or are you going to leave it "raw"? I am thinking of doing something similar and was thinking that since I was probably going to paint it, I'd go with 1.5" A36 Mild Steel...Any issues? Thoughts?

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Question...why stainless steel? Are you planning to paint it? or are you going to leave it "raw"? I am thinking of doing something similar and was thinking that since I was probably going to paint it, I'd go with 1.5" A36 Mild Steel...Any issues? Thoughts?
I was not planning to paint. Planning to leave it raw stainless.

If you're going to paint with hi-temp engine/grill paint then you could use mild steel no problem.
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