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Old 03-29-2012, 12:43 AM   #1
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Default Need help (heating element installation)

Ok, so I embarked on a journey to install a heating element into my BK to aid in boiling on my stove. I have had a few things change on me in the last few weeks and I now need some expert advice and opinions. So let's dive in,

I tried to solder on a lock nut and was unsuccessful at it and so my pot is all mark up from the heat and also from my idiot friend's husband who thought he could do this better than I could and I regret that decision now. Anyways, my question is, is this pot still useable or is it now a paper weight? If it is useable what is the best way to clean all of that junk off? Same goes for the locknut?









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Old 03-29-2012, 09:10 PM   #2
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Still useable. Friend's husband should be used as paperweight.
Swage the hole and solder a fitting on.




This thread is excellent

Clean the kettle with something acidic such as undiluted Star-San to draw the chromium back to the surface.



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Old 03-30-2012, 02:14 PM   #3
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Swage the hole and solder a fitting on.
question- where the hell do you find a hole swage? (not the dumb multi-step $6 harbor freight ones you have to hammer thru, but the greenlee-style ones you pull a die thru with a bolt) ive been looking for a long while and have resorted to having some machined.
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It's a 3 step process
drill a pilot hole
punch hole with Greenlee punch
swage with DIY tool


I'll post the swage tool components in a few minutes

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Old 03-30-2012, 04:34 PM   #5
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3/4" to 1/2" stainless steel butt-weld pipe fitting (McMaster-Carr p/n 45605K711 Link)
1" stainless socket weld low pressure coupling (McMaster-Carr p/n 4335T64 Link)

I solder the washers on the fittings
and use a grade 8 fine thread bolt and nut.
The bolt needs to be lubricated with an aluminum paste or it will only be good for about 4-5 holes before the threads start to give out.
One other item I added was a bearing to the swage assembly.

Fully assembled swaging tool:



is a YouTube video

The video shows the butt-weld fitting being pressed back out. One whack with a hammer is far faster.
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The only problem is the hole is 1.25" big. I am just going to hit the area with a dremel or file and then clean it all up with BKF. I thank you for the info, but I am ready to brew and this BK is holding me up.

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Old 04-02-2012, 11:01 PM   #7
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order a Welding Spud from bobbym (brewhardware.com) much easier to solder and will do exactly what you want.

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order a Welding Spud from bobbym (brewhardware.com) much easier to solder and will do exactly what you want.

Great Find! I didn't know Bobby was selling these.
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New product. Just soldered mine in last week. The work great. Plenty of surface area.

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Can you use standard flux with this or do you need to purchase liquid flux for it? Any of you guys have a easy how to instructions for this. I am new to the world of soldering and a friend let me borrow his torch and such. Any help is much appreciated.



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