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Old 02-18-2010, 05:07 AM   #11
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Ooooo That's nice...
Weld porn?!?
I saw the outside pics. Can you share the inside pics?
Please?

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What does the primary pressure gauge on the tank tell us? That's right, the temperature. Put it on a scale if you want to know how much is in it...
Put some duct tape over the gauge - Or better yet - Replace the high pressure gauge with a plug - High pressure gauges are useless!
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Old 02-18-2010, 06:05 AM   #12
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damn dude, that set up is looking nice.

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Old 02-18-2010, 10:48 AM   #13
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Did you wax string tie the wires in the box your self...very cool !

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Old 02-18-2010, 01:59 PM   #14
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Ooooo That's nice...
Weld porn?!?
I saw the outside pics. Can you share the inside pics?
Please?
Once I get done cleaning them up inside and out I'll post some good pictures. It's going to take some elbow grease and BKF.

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Did you wax string tie the wires in the box your self...very cool !
The wax string work in the box is from the manufacturer, Square D. I'm not sure what year it was manufactured, but it sure looks like quality work on the inside. There was a schematic of the wiring on the inside of the door that I removed. Pretty cool.
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Old 02-18-2010, 06:18 PM   #15
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Looks good, I'm envious. One question though: how will you protect the plastic bases of the elements when you are using the burners to heat? I would be concerned that they will melt or burn up being close to the bottom and in the path of the heat from the flame.
I think that this is a very valid question that should be discussed. Maybe the use of a heat shield of some kind would help? What does everybody else think?
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Old 02-18-2010, 06:49 PM   #16
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Did you wax string tie the wires in the box your self...very cool !

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I am not going to say how old I am but when I graduated college, the company I took my first engineering job with used lacing cord in manufacturing.
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Old 02-18-2010, 07:34 PM   #17
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I think that this is a very valid question that should be discussed. Maybe the use of a heat shield of some kind would help? What does everybody else think?
Heat shield a good idea. I would be more worried about the wires coming from the elements. The element is right up on the kettle, so a heat shield will be great at blocking that heat from coming up the side of the kettle. However, the wires extending from the elements will be harder to protect as they require more extensive protection.
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Old 02-18-2010, 07:44 PM   #18
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I think that this is a very valid question that should be discussed. Maybe the use of a heat shield of some kind would help? What does everybody else think?
I am guessing but it looked to me like the OP was having 1" couplers welded in his kegs so they would be removable. Once they are out just put a plug in there and you are ready for propane
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Old 02-18-2010, 07:47 PM   #19
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I think it would be cool to keep the element installed while I heat the HLT with propane, but I don't think it's very feasible... and to do it I think I would be pretty spendy. I'll probably brew 95% of the time (or more) heating electric at home, and just remove them element when I go brew somewhere else and heat the HLT with propane.

I might re-evaluate that once I use the system the first time heating the HLT with propane, and have a better idea of how hot things in that area get .

I really appreciate the input!

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Old 02-18-2010, 08:23 PM   #20
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I'm workin on a hybrid rig, as well.

The capability of both propane and electric is the important feature for me because I could brew indoors during the winter, and I could have it portable for brewing outdoors (there's a spring near my house with the best water I've ever tasted).

However, running both at the same time is probably more hassle than it's worth, and it's not really necessary anyways.

Well, there it is.

BTW, Pol, I drool over yer Kill-a-watt build almost every day. I'm jealous!

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