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Old 03-21-2008, 03:52 PM   #1
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I just wanted to make a post covering my ordering experience with coppertubingsales.com, and the building of my immersion chiller.

I placed my order for 50' of 3/8" copper tubing on Monday morning for a total of $46.37 including shipping. The tubing arrived yesterday via DHL. Here is the packaging:



Here is the tubing:



Here are the pros and cons:

Pros:

  • Great price
  • Fast shipping
  • Good packaging
  • No visible defects
Cons:
  • THEIR ONLINE ORDERING SYSTEM DOESN'T USE ENCRYPTION! They do offer a paypal option, but I just went through their regular order form with my credit card, not realizing until the end that none of the process was encrypted. SSL encryption is such a simple thing to add, why they don't use it makes no sense.
The encryption issue could probably be avoided by using their paypal option, or by ordering over the phone.

I highly recommend the company, I just wouldn't recommend ordering online with your credit card.

Stay tuned for a follow up when I have time to build my IC!

Update: Pictures of my IC are here
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Old 03-21-2008, 04:11 PM   #2
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I'll recommend them as well. Although I haven't recieved my package from them yet, it is scheduled to arrive today. Hopefully it looks as good as the above one.

I also ordered 50' of 3/8 tubing, came out to about $47 shipped and ordered it on Monday as well.

I did recieve a shipment confirmation for DHL. I also paid through PayPal for the security reasons.

Immersion chiller to be built this weekend.

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Old 03-21-2008, 04:24 PM   #3
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You know what, I did receive a shipment notification! I get so many emails, it got lost in the shuffle. I ran a search for "DHL" and found it.

This nullifies my second "con".

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did you guys order refrigeration tubing?

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Yup, I did.

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wow, that was quick...used the paypal option.....said thanks for the order, but no paypal page to pay? Already sent them an email....$46 shipped....twice the copper and cheaper than HD or Lowes

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did you guys order refrigeration tubing?
Yes, I selected "refrigeration" for "tubing type".

Someone described the difference between refrigeration and "type k" and "type l" in another thread, and the bottom line was homebrewers don't want those.
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I'm glad this was posted. I came across their site once but was a little put off by the non-encrypted form, amateurish web design, and the fact that they misspell "refrigeration" all over the place

I'm going to give them a shot....

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Any reason to use 3/8" over 1/2",other than cost?

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Any reason to use 3/8" over 1/2",other than cost?

I was going to use 1/2 since I plan on doing 10gal boils down the line, but will be mainly doing 5gal.

In another thread I had posted, it was suggested to me to use 3/8 since the 3/8 will have more contact area and would be more efficient in getting the wort down to pitching temps.

*editing my statement above since I'm not sure if this info is 100% true or not, just what i was told by someone on the forum. I would tend to think the 50' might cool better just because of increased flow of cool water over that of a 3/8 tube. Either way, i choose 3/8 for possible better cooling, ability to convert it to a CFC later, and saved me a few bucks.
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