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Old 05-27-2009, 11:12 PM   #1
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Default Making 2 gallon kegs?

OK, assuming you have a shop with a plasma cutter and a TIG, along with somebody who knows what they are doing, how much effort would it be to cut down 5 gallon cornies into 3 gallon?

Since 3 gallon kegs run in the $80+ range, but 5 gallon run in the $25 range, would it be worth the effort?

I grew up with a guy who owns the welding shop, and my brother-in-law is his number one man, and a master welder.

What would 5 gallon kegs converted to 3 gallon sell for readily? Would it be worth the effort?

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Old 05-27-2009, 11:23 PM   #2
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So you're thinking about taking a standard cornie, cutting out a midsection, and welding it back up? I like that idea!

Not sure what people would be willing to pay for it. I think the perception is if it is smaller, it should be cheaper.

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Yuri_Rage did that a while back, and he can tell you how hard/easy it was. I know that I coveted it, but it really wasn't very pretty.

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May I suggest another option? IF I ever finish the current projects I plan on giving it a go. H2O fire extinguishers! SS, 2-2.5 gallon, screw off tops, can be pressurized by standard tire inflator fitting, copper diptube, readily available used on ebay from about $20.
It really shouldn't take much to make them beer ready, and off course there is the appeal of being able to pull a draft off something labeled for fire control.

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Old 05-27-2009, 11:38 PM   #5
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It was tough as hell, and I deemed it not worth the time at all. That material is SUPER thin!

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May I suggest another option? IF I ever finish the current projects I plan on giving it a go. H2O fire extinguishers! SS, 2-2.5 gallon, screw off tops, can be pressurized by standard tire inflator fitting, copper diptube, readily available used on ebay from about $20.
It really shouldn't take much to make them beer ready, and off course there is the appeal of being able to pull a draft off something labeled for fire control.
That's awesome!

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It was tough as hell, and I deemed it not worth the time at all. That material is SUPER thin!
A shop should have no problem tig welding it back together. Most of the welding supply stores have tig'ed pop cans on display showing off what the welders can do. I think (and you can verify) the hardest part would be cutting the chunk out of the middle perfectly so the two halfs can meet in the middle.
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That fire extinguisher thing is the best idea I have ever heard. Ever

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depending on the airline they may charge $15-20 for the extra carry-on which is about what it would cost to get one shipped anyway. If you have to check it see if you can check it at the gate so it doesn't have to go through the regular baggage system. (I believe they give it back to you right when you land instead of picking it up at the carousel)

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...I think (and you can verify) the hardest part would be cutting the chunk out of the middle perfectly so the two halfs can meet in the middle.
Why do you care if it meets exactly in the middle? How about this, cut one keg once in the middle and cut another keg once near the top. Swap the top portions. End up with one 2.5 gallon keg and one 7.5 gallon keg.
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I think (and you can verify) the hardest part would be cutting the chunk out of the middle perfectly so the two halfs can meet in the middle.
How about using a Bandsaw?
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