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Old 01-19-2013, 02:28 PM   #251
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All I can say is SWEET!!! Great job with the narrative and pics. Really jealous. Good luck going forward.

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Old 01-19-2013, 03:04 PM   #252
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Minor update here, the ~20 year old squirrel cage fan that came with my reclaimed exhaust hood has given up the ghost. It failed on my during a boil a couple of weeks ago (90 minute boil IIPA) which i noticed when the building got very hot and very humid rather quickly. After letting it cool down and dry out for a day it seemed to be working ok, but it failed again on my during a boil this week.. It was time for it to go.

It has been replaced by a 400cfm in-line fan, similar to those used by many other brewers on HBT, which I hooked up directly above the vent hood. It's a bit louder, but moves a lot more air.

I had a feeling this was coming. In fact, this possibility is the primary reason I had not built the box around the top of the hood to conceal the pipe.

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I was asking a lot of this old fan. It did it's best.
That fan is very undersized for the apparent job. Everything I have read recommends 100 CFM per 10,000 BTU of output. Better get a CO detector.
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Old 01-22-2013, 06:18 PM   #253
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I agree that the calculations say I should have a fan about 2x the size. If I were to do it over again (or make a recommendation for someone starting fresh), I'd go with a 8" diamater pipe and a 700-1000 CFM fan. That being said, I have very little static pressure on the outflow of this fan since it vents straight up. The 400cfm unit works great, even at full boil. The CO detector (I've had one installed since day one) has never chirped and the fan has always been able to keep up with the vapor.

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Old 01-23-2013, 11:35 PM   #254
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fall-line, What kind of CO detector do you use?

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Old 01-24-2013, 01:28 AM   #255
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:56 PM   #256
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fall-line, What kind of CO detector do you use?
Pretty basic, I picked it up at Lowes here in N. Seattle (I see you are local):
http://www.lowes.com/pd_304230-347-C...sales_dollar|1

It does the job, every time I drive my car in or out of the garage (which is rare) it goes nuts.
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All I can say is SWEET!!! Great job with the narrative and pics. Really jealous. Good luck going forward.
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Awesome work, read the whole thread today and really enjoyed it. Time to start planning my 'shed' build this spring...

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I read the whole thread this morning, and Kudos to you for a great job on your "Garage" and the thread. Serious envy here.
Thanks for your kind words, all. I appreciate it.
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:04 PM   #258
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I dont like you!

Great job!!!

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Old 01-25-2013, 12:07 AM   #259
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Nice build!! From the first picture I had guessed where you were located because it looked a lot like my neighborhood. From your further descriptions I know we are farther apart, but you sure would be a nice neighbor to have!

I just completed an electric brewery. I still need to get an exhaust fan hooked up. I have been brewing with the garage doors open so far. I haven't had any problems with condensation. Seeing your hood has inspired me to get something figured out.

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Pretty basic, I picked it up at Lowes here in N. Seattle (I see you are local):
http://www.lowes.com/pd_304230-347-C...sales_dollar|1

It does the job, every time I drive my car in or out of the garage (which is rare) it goes nuts.

Cool thanks, I have seen that one at Lowe's. Good to know it works. For the price I'll probably pick one up for cheap insurance. Fantastic build BTW.
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