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Old 12-05-2012, 02:27 AM   #121
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My pleasure, I also have a draft parts list too that I can post when I get back home also. Any mods you would do?

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Old 12-05-2012, 12:19 PM   #122
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Oops, my bad. I think I had an information/excitement overload on this threat. Thank you for pointing that out.

I have been playing around with SketchUp today for the first time and wanted to know your guys thoughts on this 2-tiered system I have tumbling around in my brain. Any suggestions or ideas would be most helpful. I am running natural gas out to the attached garage this holiday break and will prob be getting some 10 jet NG burners unless you think something else would suffice.

I am just relieved at the cost savings of this system compared to welded stands. Live long and brew!

Sorry for the first time sketches, just trying to put what is in my head in order for some critiquing.
No problemo. That design looks good to me. And you're the second person to show a pretty good design using Sketchup. I need to try that software because I need something to sketch out my designs.

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Old 12-05-2012, 12:39 PM   #123
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I've been thinking about building one just like this. Thanks for posting the plans. I've also been trying to fugue out if you could do a 3-tier with this stuff.
I'd certainly think so. When locked together with the 1/2" bolts and strut nuts it is a super solid connection. If you design in the proper supports you should be fine. This stuff is rated for very high loading for it's weight. This stuff is rated at safely holding 1,130 lbs over a 3 ft span and that's just on one unsupported beam. Very strong.
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:15 PM   #124
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This is a great thread, just what I was looking for to be able to build a sturdy yet WAAAYYY more affordable brewstand so my brewing is more efficient. Thanks and would love to see all the "strut porn" that's out there!

BTW, where can we get that software to design the stands? Is it free?

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Old 12-05-2012, 06:20 PM   #125
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This is a great thread, just what I was looking for to be able to build a sturdy yet WAAAYYY more affordable brewstand so my brewing is more efficient. Thanks and would love to see all the "strut porn" that's out there!

BTW, where can we get that software to design the stands? Is it free?
It's Google Sketchup. If I understand, its free. I haven't used it though.
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:47 PM   #126
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Google Sketchup and it is free. I did those sketches for my first time yesterday. Check out the tutorials for some good help.

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Old 12-05-2012, 08:57 PM   #127
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My pleasure, I also have a draft parts list too that I can post when I get back home also. Any mods you would do?
I'd love to to see the parts list.

Looks like you are building a 2-burner system with a cooler mash tun in the middle. Is that correct?

I want to do the same thing, but I was hoping for something a little shorter. I have limited space. I'd like to keep in at no more than 48". I have a cooler as a mash tun, so I'm not sure if having the burners closer to the cooler would be a problem.

I'm still thinking it through.
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Here is the draft of my parts list. The total came out to $235.23 and of course, any suggestions are welcome.

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And you are right, dual burner with a mash tun in the middle. I'm going to grab some spare sheet metal to make wind deflectors and heat shields for the mash tun. We use a 60qt Igloo cooler from Lowes and it has served us well and I'm thinking we should have a good buffer between the jet burner and tun.

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And you are right, dual burner with a mash tun in the middle. I'm going to grab some spare sheet metal to make wind deflectors and heat shields for the mash tun. We use a 60qt Igloo cooler from Lowes and it has served us well and I'm thinking we should have a good buffer between the jet burner and tun.
Sounds good. I use a 10 gallon igloo.

Thanks for the parts list. Have you found a good source for the connectors? Lowes and HD are pretty limited.

The only change i'm contemplating is to get some stainless Strut for use near the burners. Kinda pricey, but it might prevent some rusting. Can I mix stainless and galvinized steel without issues?
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