Spike Brewing 12.5 Conical Fermenter Giveaway - Enter Now!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > DIY Projects > My Weldless Build Using Strut

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 10-24-2012, 02:00 AM   #1
gifty74
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Lancaster, PA
Posts: 263
Liked 27 Times on 10 Posts
Likes Given: 6

Default My Weldless Build With 1 5/8" Strut

Started my stand build tonight. I like the weldless concept, but didn't like the thin (relative to Strut material) wall section of the angle stock I was seeing at Lowes/HD. I looked into this material after seeing a few others use it, and designed my custom 2 station stand (1 pump, will keep BK on floor until sparge then raise up to replace HLT on the stand). On top of being much heavier duty, it's cheaper (@ $13 per 10' stick) and you can buy any fitting or connector piece available. I got the corner brackets seen in the pic and it makes for one heck of a sturdy stand. The beauty are the nuts that are specially designed to bite into the channel when tightened down. I was going to put vertical risers in mid way across the main beams but it's so sturdy I'll just add one in the front to mount my March pump. They also sell pipe holders in all sizes that latch into the channel. I'll get some for my 1/2" NG manifold and one 4" one for my March pump and then I can mount and adjust it however I need. I'm really happy with how easy it was to assemble, how sturdy it is, and how cheap it was in total. I can include a parts list if anyone is interested. All you need is a chop saw or I used a metal cutoff blade from Harbor Freight ($2.50) and one blade made all 18 cuts. Even the bolts were cheap from the online strut fitting supplier at $8 for 50, free shipping. I'll update with some pics when the pump, Honeywell valve, and controller get mounted. Can wait to brew on this thing!!

image-647378731.jpg   image-3900516934.jpg   image-1538176860.jpg   image-2993888406.jpg   image-1365846763.jpg  

image-660728913.jpg  
__________________
gifty74 is offline
10
People Like This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-24-2012, 02:10 AM   #2
dbrewski
This is my User Title
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
dbrewski's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Indeterminate
Posts: 1,019
Liked 52 Times on 46 Posts
Likes Given: 36

Default

I've done two weldless stands with the standard stuff from mcmaster. This looks heavy-duty! Where'd the stock come from?

__________________
dbrewski is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-24-2012, 12:25 PM   #3
gifty74
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Lancaster, PA
Posts: 263
Liked 27 Times on 10 Posts
Likes Given: 6

Default

You can find it at most electrical supply houses. There are several close to me that carry it. It's main use is to support plumbing and conduit running in buildings or warehouses. Its shape makes it very strong. Across a 36" section (the width of my stand) one piece is safety rated at 1,130 lbs. It is heavy duty. Not quite what 2" square welded stainless is like, but well in excess of what is required for a stand holding kegs full of liquid.

__________________
gifty74 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-24-2012, 12:45 PM   #4
FTG-05
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Madison, Al
Posts: 190
Liked 17 Times on 13 Posts
Likes Given: 19

Default

That looks really heavy duty!

Parts list and sources, please?

And more pics!!!

Thanks!

__________________
FTG-05 is offline
RScottyL Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-24-2012, 12:55 PM   #5
vwdan
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 23
Default

Very cool! I can't wait to see it finished!

__________________
Hot Tubb Brew Co.
vwdan is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-24-2012, 02:11 PM   #6
gifty74
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Lancaster, PA
Posts: 263
Liked 27 Times on 10 Posts
Likes Given: 6

Default

Excel sheet with live links would not attach so had to do a screen shot. Full parts list to build what you see above. Total for my build so far is $142. Bummer is it makes sense to buy the 100-pack of strut nuts even though you only need like 40. Bolts are super cheap for that size and qty. The beauty is you can make the main beams and/or the height anything you want. And if it's not what you like, just buy another stick of strut for $14 and cut some new length. Unbolt the old and bolt in the new.

strut_build_part_list.jpg  
__________________
gifty74 is offline
7
People Like This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-24-2012, 05:33 PM   #7
FTG-05
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Madison, Al
Posts: 190
Liked 17 Times on 13 Posts
Likes Given: 19

Default

Good stuff!

thanks,

__________________
FTG-05 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-24-2012, 06:47 PM   #8
naiek
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
naiek's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Grass Valley, CA
Posts: 2,548
Liked 708 Times on 691 Posts
Likes Given: 27

Default

Thanks for posting this, think I will be doing this soon

__________________
naiek is online now
RScottyL Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-24-2012, 08:55 PM   #9
LuiInIdaho
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
LuiInIdaho's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Ponderay, Idaho
Posts: 435
Liked 27 Times on 22 Posts
Likes Given: 23

Default

Looking good! I am awaiting to see your finished product. I also have been thinking about going this route given that the unistrut is less than the galvanized steel angle iron.

Mark

__________________
LuiInIdaho is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-24-2012, 09:37 PM   #10
limulus
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
limulus's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: ATL Burbs, Georgia
Posts: 1,112
Liked 56 Times on 48 Posts
Likes Given: 73

Default

Nice to see another build with this stuff. It looks great! I'm going to build a small stand for mine also. Just an FYI for those who don't know: you can also buy this stuff at HD/Lowes. They even have two sizes in 10ft lengths and it's somewhere in the $12-$16/10ft range. I have a HD just 1.5mi from me and for me it's all about convenience and time. It just isn't worth the drive to save $2/section.

__________________
Hog Mountain Brewing Co.
Tap 1: American Brown Ale
Tap 2: Empty - IPA coming 18 May
Tap 3: Empty - APA coming June
Kolsch coming July


Primary:
Secondary:
Cold Conditioning: IPA
On Deck: Kolsch
On Deck: Pale Ale
On Deck: Dusseldorf Altbier

"Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut."
-Ernest Hemingway
limulus is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Weldless Shelving Single Tier Brew Stand + Fermentation Rack build Zamial DIY Projects 14 02-12-2014 01:22 PM
Need Weldless Bulkhead Kit for Keggle Build JMSetzler DIY Projects 5 05-10-2012 11:52 PM
Single tier weldless brewstand build tulsabrewdaddy DIY Projects 35 01-31-2012 02:31 PM
***Weldless Bottle Caper Build*** JewBrew DIY Projects 12 05-26-2010 02:16 PM
My Weldless Electric HERMS build jcdillin DIY Projects 94 12-04-2009 01:11 AM