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Old 06-29-2013, 05:15 PM   #581
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I've read a couple posts where people have used a sawzall and report good results. I am thinking of trying this, but afraid of ability to get good 90 degree cuts. Would you use a mitre box with the sawzall?
Don't worry too much about cutting it perfectly straight. Your connectors are what make it work. I have a few crooked cuts because of the sawzall moving a bit but it doesn't matter. Everything bolts together straight.
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Old 07-01-2013, 04:51 PM   #582
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Don't worry too much about cutting it perfectly straight. Your connectors are what make it work. I have a few crooked cuts because of the sawzall moving a bit but it doesn't matter. Everything bolts together straight.
I would agree. I used an angle grinder and some cuts were slightly off but everything bolted together fine.
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Old 07-02-2013, 04:41 PM   #583
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I'm thinking about jumping on this bandwagon, but I'm hoping someone can help me out with a couple things:

(1) I only have a handheld circular saw, so I don't think I have the necessary tools. Does anyone know if strutchannelfittings (or someone else) will cut strut to different sizes? Maybe a place locally in San Diego?

(2) Having never worked with gas lines I'm apprehensive about screwing up the manifold and blowing myself up or lighting my dog on fire . Anyone know a place I can buy a premade one? Maybe also in San Diego?

(3) any suggestions on burners? I previously brewed on this stand with a jet burner: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00264...dir_mdp_mobile. I like the strut so I can mount my pump, chiller, etc., but I don't want to lose the power we got from that jet burner (I want to say it boiled 10 gallons in about 20 minutes). I use 15 gallon kettles from morebeer and am looking at a 2 burner stand and a cooler.

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Old 07-02-2013, 06:18 PM   #584
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I'm thinking about jumping on this bandwagon, but I'm hoping someone can help me out with a couple things:

(1) I only have a handheld circular saw, so I don't think I have the necessary tools. Does anyone know if strutchannelfittings (or someone else) will cut strut to different sizes? Maybe a place locally in San Diego?

(2) Having never worked with gas lines I'm apprehensive about screwing up the manifold and blowing myself up or lighting my dog on fire . Anyone know a place I can buy a premade one? Maybe also in San Diego?

(3) any suggestions on burners? I previously brewed on this stand with a jet burner: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00264...dir_mdp_mobile. I like the strut so I can mount my pump, chiller, etc., but I don't want to lose the power we got from that jet burner (I want to say it boiled 10 gallons in about 20 minutes). I use 15 gallon kettles from morebeer and am looking at a 2 burner stand and a cooler.
Yes strut channel fittings will custom cut but they have most of the common sizes pre cut now too.

Have you thought about making a stand that incorporates your existing one? Maybe remove the wheels from the current one and bolt it to a lower frame of strut with its own wheels. The strut extends on either side and builds up to hold your cooler etc.

And/or you could just bolt strut to that stand to make mounts for the pump etc.

I've looked at that stand a couple of times - does your boil kettle sit high enough to drain into a carboy or do you have to pump or siphon?
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Old 07-02-2013, 06:29 PM   #585
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(1) I only have a handheld circular saw, so I don't think I have the necessary tools. Does anyone know if strutchannelfittings (or someone else) will cut strut to different sizes? Maybe a place locally in San Diego?
i built my stand, using slotted angled steel, and cut everything with a circular handsaw + metal-cutting disk. i plan on doing the same when i make ver.2.0 using strut. throws a lot of sparks but as long as you leg or your dog stays out of the way it's very safe and easy.

i don't know if strutchannelfittings will cut for you.

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(2) Having never worked with gas lines I'm apprehensive about screwing up the manifold and blowing myself up or lighting my dog on fire . Anyone know a place I can buy a premade one? Maybe also in San Diego?
mmmmm... roast fido...

seriously tho, it's not hard. the plumbing is made to screw together tight, add some teflon tape and/or sealing glue and you'll have a great seal.

i doubt you could buy one of these pre-made, but you might be able to hire someone to make one for you. maybe buy all the parts, find a plumber/gas line specialist that you can hire by the hour, and get them to assemble it for you?

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(3) any suggestions on burners? I previously brewed on this stand with a jet burner: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00264...dir_mdp_mobile. I like the strut so I can mount my pump, chiller, etc., but I don't want to lose the power we got from that jet burner (I want to say it boiled 10 gallons in about 20 minutes). I use 15 gallon kettles from morebeer and am looking at a 2 burner stand and a cooler.
wow, that's a great pre-fab stand. i've never seen it before (full-screen version: http://www.amazon.com/patio-lawn-garden/dp/B00264G584).

this is the burner i'm using: http://www.agrisupply.com/high-press...-btus/p/64494/
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(3) any suggestions on burners? I previously brewed on this stand with a jet burner: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00264...dir_mdp_mobile. I like the strut so I can mount my pump, chiller, etc., but I don't want to lose the power we got from that jet burner (I want to say it boiled 10 gallons in about 20 minutes). I use 15 gallon kettles from morebeer and am looking at a 2 burner stand and a cooler.
Whoah, that is a good price for a premade two-tier set up. How sturdy is the angle iron frame? I'm mostly wondering how it seems in the middle under the vertical part of the top section of frame.

At some point, when I have the cash and the space, I'd like to build a brew sculpture out of strut. But that one may be an intermediate step at some point.
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Thanks for the replies!

I'll call strut channel fittings and see about having them cut some different sizes (my kettles are a little large, so 3' isn't long enough but 4' would be too long). Anyone else used a circular saw on this stuff? Thinking I may be better off renting a chop saw or buying the precut stuff.

Anyone have an opinion on this as a premade substitute for a manifold? http://www.homebrewing.org/10-PSI-Re...se_p_3415.html. I don't know if 10 PSI is enough for banjo burners, or if the rest of it is well made, but it is only $38...


Regarding the King Kooker stand on Amazon, it is definitely a great brew stand, especially for $160. Judging from the amazon reviews, I think the only people that buy it are homebrewers . The jet burner brings everything to a boil FAST, but it is also REALLY loud. The top tier is technically only rated for a 30 quart pot, but we regularly had 15 gallons on it without a problem. I've also seen pictures with full keggels on it. I believe the bottom tier is tall enough to drain to a carboy, but we always lifted the 15 gallon pot to the top tier so we could drain through a CFC first. I actually don't have one right now, I was previously brewing on a friend's stand until I moved and have to get my own system . I am still debating between buying one of those King Kooker stands or spending about twice as much on a strut stand with banjo burners.

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Whoah, that is a good price for a premade two-tier set up. How sturdy is the angle iron frame? I'm mostly wondering how it seems in the middle under the vertical part of the top section of frame.
I'm not sure what you're referring to exactly, but the top section is bolted to the bottom section along the horizontal seam. I believe the rest is welded with the exception of the propane ring holder, which is useless and just sits there not mounted to anything. Just assume you move your propane tank separately and it sits on the ground. Honestly, the stand looks a lot thinner and less sturdy than these strut stands, but these are highly engineered anyway. It is definitely sturdy enough, but I wouldn't necessarily count on it lasting a decade or more like these strut stands probably will.
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That looks similar to the gas setup on the king cooker stand. Have you tried contacting the vendor?

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Anyone have an opinion on this as a premade substitute for a manifold? http://www.homebrewing.org/10-PSI-Re...se_p_3415.html. I don't know if 10 PSI is enough for banjo burners, or if the rest of it is well made, but it is only $38...

I have one of those on the way from amazon...hopefully it will arrive today.
My next brew is Friday
I will be using it on two Bayou Classic's square stoves with BG12 banjo burners. I will let you know how it goes. Its not the PSI that would be an problem it is the amount of gas it can deliver...different from PSI.
I rarely have both burners going full on at the same time so I doubt it will be an issue.
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I have one of those on the way from amazon...hopefully it will arrive today.
My next brew is Friday
I will be using it on two Bayou Classic's square stoves with BG12 banjo burners. I will let you know how it goes. Its not the PSI that would be an problem it is the amount of gas it can deliver...different from PSI.
I rarely have both burners going full on at the same time so I doubt it will be an issue.
Okay, thanks! I also will only have one burner on most of the time, so I'm not too concerned about that either. I'm just hoping we get enough BTUs on a 10 PSI regulator as I hear you only get the 200,000 BTUs if you have a 30 PSI regulator.

Any consensus on the best way to mount banjo burners? I've seen the little pieces of vertical strut, hanging down, but I wasn't sure if that was the best way. It seems like we would have to have the top beams cut and spaced EXACTLY correct for it to work, right?
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