Originally Posted by ThePig
Don't weld the SS coil to the bulkhead. You'll want to be able to remove the coil for deep cleaning, modification, etc... at a later date. I've taken mine out a few times and modified it to optimize length.
Take it to the welder and have him weld the tube to a matching tri clamp ferrule. Then have him roll that SS as tight as he can and use tri's (even 1/2" sabco tri's) to weld into the bulkhead. You should have enough room to make it fit if the welder can get the coil into a 6-7" roll.
While I think this is a great solution for a 1/2 barrel keg, since the triclamps will be between the coil and the wall, how am I supposed to get even 1 hand in there to open and close it? The diameter of the keg is only 9.25" (think cornie). If I could pull it off with the top one, there's no way to reach the bottom one.
The idea of this chamber was to have as small a volume of water as possible so the temps could be changed quickly. This however creates some challenges however.
Originally Posted by diatonic
Yep, that half coupling will work just fine. I bought one last week for my new HLT. I am considering replacing the black rubber seal that came with the element with a high-temp silicone o-ring though.
Thanks! Time for another order of shiny goodness.