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Old 01-04-2012, 01:08 PM   #1
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Has anyone used mild steel for a brewstand? or is everyone using stainless?

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Old 01-04-2012, 01:17 PM   #2
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Lots use mild steel for brewstands. My 50 gallon rig is mild steel with high temp paint applied to it.

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Old 01-04-2012, 01:32 PM   #3
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I used Mild Steel with BBQ grill paint on it.

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Old 01-04-2012, 02:59 PM   #4
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I used mild steel for 80% of the stand, stainless for the bits in the fire and stainless where kegs rest (so there's no paint to flake off).

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Has anyone used mild steel for a brewstand? or is everyone using stainless?
Just thinking about all the stands I've seen posted in the forums I'd guess at least 85% are mild steel. I have a half dozen sticks of mild 1.5" square 14ga tubing sitting in my shop waiting to be chopped up and welded into a single tier rig...

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mild steel is great, lots cheaper, easier to weld . . . my old stand was all mild steel (old post we found buried in the back yard, plus pieces from an old exercise machine. . .) and my new one will be made from an old standalone server stand, which is all mild steel.

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I constructed my stand using mild steel 1 1/2" .083 wall square tubing. Seems very sturdy, yet light in weight. The tanks (60 gal.) are being mocked up before additional bracing is welded in. It still needs to be painted and will use something corrosion/chemical resistant.

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Old 01-04-2012, 09:59 PM   #8
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I build a lot of fabrications for food grade places and unless it has to be stainless why pay the higher price? Stainless is 2 to 3 times more costly than carbon and much harder to work with but is sure is pretty lol

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Old 01-04-2012, 10:40 PM   #9
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That is one huge soup can!

I started brewing just as an excuse to buy stainless thingies.

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I've got a mild steel frame, 100 yr old 3/8" thick angle steel. Salvaged from an old sugar mill. It's beautifuly rusted, I sealed it with clear coat

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