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Old 07-19-2013, 08:05 PM   #601
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Now those are on backorder, too . I couldn't find a good alternative on GP-LLC. Anyone see something I'm missing or have another source?
THK-205-R or -L might work. THK-251 or THK-223 and grind off a wing or leave it as is. Lots of ways to make these work if you're creative .
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Old 07-22-2013, 04:05 AM   #602
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THK-205-R or -L might work. THK-251 or THK-223 and grind off a wing or leave it as is. Lots of ways to make these work if you're creative .
Thanks. The problem with THK-205 is it would lengthen the distance of those side supports and I would need a similar piece to go between the center supports, right?
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:46 PM   #603
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It would increase the length of the corner supports by twice the thickness of the bracket (~1/8" each x 2 brackets, so ~.25") but I wouldn't be too concerned about that, the attachment system easily allows for that much play. Not sure how your center supports are set up, but if you're concerned with that extra spacing you could use something like a THK-201-R or -L if they don't tie into cross supports or a number of different ones if they do (another THK-205-R or -L would work, as would a THK-211).

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Old 07-28-2013, 11:43 PM   #604
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This is my rig, almost ready to brew my first batch. One PID will control the temps temperature in the HLT, the boil kettle will be manually controlled.

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Old 07-29-2013, 07:48 PM   #605
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Hi. I have a erector-set based brew stand made from the galvanized L style steel from HD. However, after running it for the last 5-6 brew sessions, I'm getting some serious deflection of the support braces around where the bayou style burners are hanging - we're talking about a good 1/2" - 3/4" drop. Enough that I added another piece to it (didn't help) with my last brew session. I'm only running a 20 gal kettle and usually with only about 17 gals or so in it for the boil.

So, as budget allows, I'm thinking about converting to struts based version. Before I drop another couple hundred... I can see the heat discoloring the support pieces, but has anyone experienced any serious deflection or weaking of the steel where the burners heat the support pieces?

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Old 07-29-2013, 08:26 PM   #606
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An erector set stand is no comparison to an unistrut stand. Unistrut is made to support weight. Slotted angle iron is made only to support light objects. That is shy you see unistrut supportingA/C units, etc. Discoloration has to do with the galvanized steel. This will happen with any galvanized steel.

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Old 07-29-2013, 08:33 PM   #607
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Yeah, 17 gal on one of the slotted angle steel stands seems like it's pushing the limits of that material. Like someone else posted, these strut stands can basically hold a car if it were parked on top. Super strong. I have put some major heat on mine for 6 or so sessions now and although there is decent discoloration, not a hint of any deflection. I'm guessing I might replace the top sections that are in direct heat every few years, but so far they seem to be holding up well. Some major heat there when bringing it up to boil.

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Old 07-30-2013, 04:39 AM   #608
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Full Kegs on mine and no deflection, this stuff is very strong. I had the slotted angle and this is much stronger, mostly based on shape.

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I've got 8-10 sessions on mine and I'm brewing 10 gallon batches and starting to get deflection. I'm not opening up my burners full bore either. I figure ill get 2-3 more years then take my blue prints to a uni strut stand.

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Old 07-30-2013, 02:13 PM   #610
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Awesome. I guess it's time to pull out the ol' cc and buy some struts! Thanks for the feedback.

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