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Old 02-11-2013, 04:05 PM   #1
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So after my 3rd AG batch I am starting to think about what I can use for a cheap brew sculpture.

Has anyone has success with either of these options?

Wire Shelving

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Utility Shelving

Just trying to figure out an organized, low cost fix for hauling water around and precariously balancing my mash tun on a particle board shelf in my kitchen next to my stove.

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I'd be worried that these options won't hold the weight and cause a potentially dangerous situation. I built my gravity fed stand for about $30 in materials. just some 2x4's and screws. Since this picture I have spray painted it with heat resistant paint to protect the tallest stand from the heat. I also keep a few fire exstinguisers on hand

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I haven't brewed with it yet, but i just put together brew stand using very similar wire shelving. You won't be anywhere near the 250 lbs weight rating, so I don't see any issues with using it.

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I'd be worried that these options won't hold the weight and cause a potentially dangerous situation. I built my gravity fed stand for about $30 in materials. just some 2x4's and screws. Since this picture I have spray painted it with heat resistant paint to protect the tallest stand from the heat. I also keep a few fire exstinguisers on hand
If you just cut a piece of Durock (concrete backer) board and place it in that square under your top burner, you'd be good to go.
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+1 for wood, by far the cheapest/easiest way to go as far as I know. My wood set up cost me 30 bucks or so, and took me an hour to build. As opposed to the $300.00 + that I've spent building a unistrut system and I'd rather not mention the time I have invested in that one!

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Wood would cost me significantly more due to the lack of power tools I have. I don't think a black and decker cordless screwdriver is going to put together a steady brewstand.

I guess I could have HD cut everything to length and then just nail the hell out of it. I have some time though as my stove works and I don't want to brew outside in 30F temperatures.

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That wood will be supporting a lot of weight. For safety's sake drill some holes and through-bolt the pieces together.

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Wood would cost me significantly more due to the lack of power tools I have. I don't think a black and decker cordless screwdriver is going to put together a steady brewstand.

I guess I could have HD cut everything to length and then just nail the hell out of it. I have some time though as my stove works and I don't want to brew outside in 30F temperatures.
While you are at Home Depot, pick up a combo power tool kit. You can get a drill/circular saw kit for $99. http://www.homedepot.com/Tools-Hardware-Power-Tools-Power-Tool-Combo-Kits/h_d1/N-5yc1vZc2ec/R-203466900/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&storeId=10051#.URlIj2djNnE Everyone should have a good drill, and why not add a decent cordless saw.
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I have heard taking the cordless option can become a real headache.

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I use shelving similar to your first option and it has worked flawlessly for me. My HLT and burner sit on the shelf next to the mash tun. The BK sits on its burner on the floor and gravity feeds everything.

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