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Old 11-29-2009, 11:47 PM   #1
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Ok, I found out what 2in copper pipe will cost me if I buy it at Lowes. Not cheap. If I can't get some on craigslist, I may just use water supply pipe. I was just wondering which would be better? Copper (pretty shinny) or pipe?

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Old 11-30-2009, 01:19 AM   #2
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I wouldn't use galvanized or black iron pipe. Copper is gonna be less expensive that stainless steel pipe. Sawdustguy has a great thread, "Rims for dummies" that has an excellent source for stainless if you decide to go that way.

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Ok, I found out what 2in copper pipe will cost me if I buy it at Lowes. Not cheap. If I can't get some on craigslist, I may just use water supply pipe. I was just wondering which would be better? Copper (pretty shinny) or pipe?
A 2" x 10" 304 SS pipe nipple from Murray Equipment is $23.34 and a 8" x 10" 304 SS pipe nipple is $18.18. They have the other fittings in 304 SS at pretty good prices also. They ship fast and are very good to deal with.
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The problem with copper (at lowes) is it's ten feet long, and I think I will need roughly two feet. I'm trying to stick to local sources so that I don't have shipping, but I will definately keep Murray Equipment in mind. Thanks. I was thinking the galvanized pipe was a bad idea since the inside is so rough anyway - hard to clean.

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The problem with copper (at lowes) is it's ten feet long, and I think I will need roughly two feet. I'm trying to stick to local sources so that I don't have shipping, but I will definately keep Murray Equipment in mind. Thanks. I was thinking the galvanized pipe was a bad idea since the inside is so rough anyway - hard to clean.
Worse than hard to clean... It's not safe.
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How's that if it's used for water supply? I'm not denying you're right, but that's puzzling considering it's in my apartment.

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The zinc from galvanized pipe would be an issue too.

If you have an Ace and they have it, you can buy it by the foot. I use 1.5" for mine and it worked out. I had to tweak the element some so it wasn't touching the walls. Between the T, threaded reducer, and 1.5 to .5 reducer I only used 1 foot of pipe.

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The problem with copper (at lowes) is it's ten feet long, and I think I will need roughly two feet. I'm trying to stick to local sources so that I don't have shipping, but I will definately keep Murray Equipment in mind. Thanks. I was thinking the galvanized pipe was a bad idea since the inside is so rough anyway - hard to clean.
It may be less expensive to pay the $10 to $12 shipping than getting it locally. I know it was that way for me.
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Here is the thread with part #s when I built mine.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/poli...e-2-hrs-58428/

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I was thinking of trying to ask on craigslist. Maybe a contractor will have some leftovers. Then I'll also check the scrap yard, but you're probably right. How big of an element did you use? I was thinking of using a 3500 watt low density for the mash tun.

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