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Old 06-04-2012, 12:19 AM   #11
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I hope you didn't pay too much! I consider myself an amateur weldor and only weld SS a few times per year - here are some pics of my kettle.....

kettlebottom01r.jpg.jpg   kettleinside08r.jpg.jpg  
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Old 06-04-2012, 01:16 AM   #12
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Utter ****e, that. Hopefully you didn't have to pay for that side...

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Old 06-04-2012, 03:46 AM   #13
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Utter ****e, that. Hopefully you didn't have to pay for that side...

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I'll have to disagree. I don't think the inside looks too bad. There is no filler on the inside, only some sugaring caused by a poor job with the shielding gas.
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Old 06-04-2012, 04:49 PM   #14
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Utter ****e, that. Hopefully you didn't have to pay for that side...

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The outside looks like a fusion weld(no filler) and the inside looks like there was NO shielding!
Still very acceptable for what it's being used for though.
Just hope you didn't pay too much for that.
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I'm impressed Junkster.
Not too shabby for someone that doesn't weld for a living.
I'm especially surprised that you took the time to blend the welds on the interior of the keg.
Nice work!
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Old 06-04-2012, 04:55 PM   #16
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I'll have to disagree. I don't think the inside looks too bad. There is no filler on the inside, only some sugaring caused by a poor job with the shielding gas.
It was said to the OP that it was OK as a boil kettle because of the hot temps and not as a tun because of the low temps and harboring nasties. This weld looks worse, IMO!
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Old 06-04-2012, 07:18 PM   #17
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Junkster - How did you roll the lip on your keg?

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Old 06-05-2012, 12:20 AM   #18
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Thanks dmfa200 - I have only had limited success with my back-gassing attempts so I weld the fittings onto the outside of the keg so the inside is flat so I can do some cleanup with flap wheels. I have to improve my back purge setup....

AndrewT - I cut that keg off at the weld where the upper skirt is attached. That left the keg too flimsy, so I had a local shop roll a ring from 1/2" SS round stock. They got it close and left the ends a little long and I cut them and welded it onto the keg and did the finish work. My original thought was to have a lip rolled from the upper edge but couldn't find a shop nearby that could do it. This way worked fine and really adds strength. I'm gonna use it for a modified BIAB and I wanted a straight-sided vessel on a low budget and like playing with the welder making things from "junk"!

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