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Old 09-22-2012, 12:56 PM   #11
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This looks good!!! I am watching!!!

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Old 09-22-2012, 07:04 PM   #12
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Thanks everyone! It's coming along nicely. The kettles are from brewers hardware. They took about 3 weeks to get here.

I should have more updates either tonight or tomorrow. Dd some more work on the control panel and stand. At a wedding right now.

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Old 09-23-2012, 06:01 PM   #13
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Added the heatsink to the control panel and tightened down some of the lights and what not. I handed off to my electrician BIL to wire up. I could do it, but since he's at my disposal, why not use him.


Also, here is where I stand... with the stand.



Just won an auction on ebay for a little giant pump. 120 shipped! Hoping to finish the stand this week and get it primed and painted. I'm heading the the finger lakes at the end of the week for a few days. That should give the paint some time to cure up.

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Old 09-25-2012, 02:20 AM   #14
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Currently looking for a welder to weld some tri clovers into the barrel. Also need one installed in the HLT. It was requested at the time of purchase but they must have missed it. I could do a heatstick but would prefer it mounted.

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Old 09-26-2012, 01:16 PM   #15
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Wow, can't believe more people aren't commenting and following along..

I'll be away for the weekend so no updates until probably Monday evening. Had to order a new saw blade to cut a few more pieces of steel for the tippy dump. I have a friend that said he would teach me how to TIG weld so depending on how my welds look, I may tackle the tri clovers on the barrel.

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Old 09-26-2012, 01:31 PM   #16
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:39 PM   #17
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Your hoops are inbound! PM'd you tracking infos.

That's a nice looking panel! TIG isn't nearly as hard as they make it sound. I bought a Lincoln this summer and have built a welding table so far. It's not bad at all on mild steel. Stainless isn't any harder. The difficult part of welding on the pots is going to be the thickness of the steel. My local welding shop warned me about distortion and to make small welds and go slow.

Hit up your local welding shop for some 18 gauge stainless scrap and a chunk of tubing. Then you can practice your thin-wall kung foo on something that didn't cost you $300+

Keep up the posts!

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SweetSounds: Hoops look to be coming tonight. I'll be working on getting them going tomorrow evening. I worked a bit more on the stand last night. Got the welding complete, and the welds ground down. Received my pump (LG 3MD) It's quite a bit larger than the March pumps and way heavier. I'll be placing an order shortly to start constructing the site glasses for the HLT and BK.





I'm trying to decide whether I want to pivot the MT on a pillow block bearing or just let it sit on the frame and keep it in place with a retainer of some sort. Also, what size pipe should I use for the pivot? Minor details I have to iron out yet.

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Looks good!
UPS shows out for delivery

As for pipe size, it really shouldn't matter because the full MT isn't going to be that heavy (In a mild steel rated sheer-load kinda way). I wouldn't use pillow blocks though - If you think about it, when you pivot the heavy MT on the pipes in pillow blocks, it will put a heavy tangential load on the hoop the pipe is welded to because the bearing will rotate down and allow it to sag. Maybe I just worry too much. But I think a fixed bearing would hold the pipe/hoop perfectly perpendicular to the pot and reduce stress on the entire assembly.

Hell, even a chunk of angle iron welded in a "V" configuration (Saddle?) should work

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So if I understand it right, the pillow blocks don't rotate on a central axis but more of an oval? This would cause the sag? Thought it was just a basic bearing in a mount with some set screws.

http://www.thebigbearingstore.com/servlet/the-1124/1%22-Light-Duty-Pillow/Detail

Was looking at something like that.

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