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Old 03-29-2011, 08:13 PM   #1
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I apologize in advance for rehashing an old subject, but I could not find a definitive answer on my asco valve question. The question being... What is a suitable replacement for the brutus 10 Asco valve?
Will this work

http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/RED...K76?Pid=search

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Old 03-29-2011, 09:13 PM   #2
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There's a lot of people using these: http://cgi.ebay.com/1-2-Electric-Sol...-/290541766868

Myself included...

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The price is certainly attractive! You have been using these with no issues? And with the love controller?

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I did previously use them with the Love controllers, but I now use them with a BCS system. You can see pictures in my build thread in my signature.

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If you want to be as safe as possible and a little less expensive I may add, I would go with a Honeywell VR8200A2124. It is a standing pilot valve with a safety thermocouple that shuts down the valve if pilot or flame is lost. You can find them on ebay for $59.95 (http://cgi.ebay.com/VR8200A2124-HONE...item2a0f381398). For the $59.95 it includes the propane retrofit kit. They run on 24 VAC so you need a cheap 24 volt transformer and a Q314A586 pilot burner for $22.00 on ebay (http://cgi.ebay.com/Honeywell-Pilot-...item335d1c88e2)

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The price is certainly attractive! You have been using these with no issues? And with the love controller?
I've been using a valve from Valves4Projects for several years without issues. Call their tech support and they will help you select the best valve. They are hip to home brewers and they are very friendly.

I bought this one. It's 3/8" NPT 110v AC. Nice compact design at the right price. I'm using it with a standing Honewell Q314a LP pilot burner without a thermocouple shut off.

http://cgi.ebay.com/3-8-Electric-Sol...item45f9771fc5
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Old 03-30-2011, 07:52 PM   #7
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Thanks for the input guys, I took your advice and ordered a couple from valves4projects. I hope to finish up by next weekend.

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Just out of curiosity: are those Asco valves very bad quality?

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Just out of curiosity: are those Asco valves very bad quality?
No, as a matter of fact they are probably the best you can buy but they are very expensive. My problem is that I am a safety nut and in my own opinion when brewing, if you are in an enclosed space even with good ventilation having the pilot or main flame go out is dangerous if you do not have a safety shutoff. You see, propane is heavier than air and has a 270 to 1 expansion rate from liquid to gas. That means 1 gallon of liquid propane becomes 270 gallons of propane in gas form when removed from the pressure of the tank. The flame does not have to out for very long before a lot of gas has been released. I brew with Natural Gas because I admit I am scared chitless of propane, but thats just me. I will not criticize or tell anyone what valve they should buy. I bring these things up so people can consider different alternatives and decide how much risk they want to take. The decision is always up to them. I would feel bad making a recommendation and have something go wrong.
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Oh, ok. So it's just a poor choice for a name...

You see, in Spanish, "asco" means "disgust", but it's also used to call something that's of real bad quality. So when yo say something is "un asco", yo mean it's a piece of cr@p. Good to know it's not the case here...

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