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Old 11-04-2011, 03:52 PM   #1
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Default Bought a Keg for keggle...but it has a hole in the bottom?

I just bought a Miller keg at a scrap metal yard. After I left, I noticed a small hole in the bottom, maybe a 1/4 inch in diameter. It looks factory drilled. I'm at work so I can't test it, cut off the top, etc. Does any one have one of these that can confirm this is ok and this is an "outer" layer? or did I buy an unusable keg that won't hold liquid?

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Old 11-04-2011, 03:58 PM   #2
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When you get home, take a pix of it so we can see what you are dealing with.

If indeed it is a hole drilled into the keg, it can be repaired.

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Old 11-04-2011, 03:59 PM   #3
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Its probably not OK, depending on where the hole is. One option is to use the keg up-side down. I believe there are people who have used the keg upside down: cut the bottom out of a keg then hooked a SS fixture to the tap fixture to drain. That might be an option for you.

Pics would help.

Edit to add....its probably not good "as-is"...you might have to fix it.

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Or you could set up a bottom drain keg...

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Old 11-04-2011, 04:01 PM   #5
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Or you could set up a bottom drain keg...
That is what I was referring to in my last post...thanks TxCurtis!
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Old 11-04-2011, 04:13 PM   #6
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Sounds like it's on the lip on the outside of the keg? If so, this is desired. They're drilled to vent. If you buy a keg without this hole and you plan on direct firing it, drill the hole. There have been explosions due to no vent for pressure to release.

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Sounds like it's on the lip on the outside of the keg? If so, this is desired. They're drilled to vent. If you buy a keg without this hole and you plan on direct firing it, drill the hole. There have been explosions due to no vent for pressure to release.
Agreed. I also have a miller keg and there are a couple small holes drilled around the side wall at the top and bottom. Like on the top, where the handles are and on the bottom where the sides extend to act as a stand almost. As you heat a keg up, it can build pressure, which you want those holes for air pressure to escape.
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Old 11-04-2011, 05:17 PM   #8
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I think everyone missed it. It's pretty common for a scrap yard to reject pressure vessels that are still intact. They will often require at least a 1/4" hole to be visibly drilled before they'll buy it.

Why not just have that side be the side that you cut out for the top?


Still, take a picture for best advice.

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I think everyone missed it. It's pretty common for a scrap yard to reject pressure vessels that are still intact. They will often require at least a 1/4" hole to be visibly drilled before they'll buy it.[...]
Fwiw, a drilled keg may have been confiscated by the cops. It's common practice here for kegs snagged at under-age parties to be held as evidence, then rendered useless with a strategically drilled hole, before they're sent to the scrap yard. So, two crimes per keg

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I bought 2 de-comissioned kegs. One had a hole drilled in the top, and the other in the bottom. I cut the top out of #1 anyway, but I had to weld up #2. (after cutting out the top) I still haven't gotten around to grinding out that weld. It's a PITA to work inside the keg

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