Spike Brewing 12.5 Conical Fermenter Giveaway - Enter Now!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > DIY Projects > sight glass heat shield

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 09-20-2009, 04:30 PM   #1
bendavanza
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Oak CLiff, TX
Posts: 2,348
Liked 14 Times on 14 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default sight glass heat shield

I am tired of the sight glass boiling and shooting wort out of the top, so I have done 2 things:
made a shield out of stainless, somewhat crude but it's a DIY
upgraded the burner to a kab4 banjo

The standard turkey burner I have seems to project the heat with big flames that do not lick up the sides of the kettle but do seem to lose a lot of BTU's because of the velocity of the flames. I am hoping the banjo burner will give more btu's with less turbulence, saving me gas and reducing some of the heat it puts on the valve, thermo, sight glass, and me.
By attaching the shield to the skirt I was able to use screws rather than having to weld. The toughest part was matching the curve of the skirt, I used a contour gauge to match it up.
I hope this works, if I don't brew this week I will for sure next weekend. If it's a winner I will do the same for my HLT.
pics:


__________________
bendavanza is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-20-2009, 04:48 PM   #2
BargainFittings
Vendor
HBT_SPONSOR.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
BargainFittings's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Allen TX
Posts: 1,876
Liked 41 Times on 36 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

Looks like it will work fine. I've hung a piece of aluminum fold off the fitting and it worked out ok.

BargainFittings is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-20-2009, 05:10 PM   #3
Yuri_Rage
Gritty.
HBT_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Yuri_Rage's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Southwest
Posts: 13,910
Liked 606 Times on 376 Posts
Likes Given: 54

Default

While that will work fine, why don't you use a piece of sheet metal to extend the skirt of the keg down over the burner? That will solve both the heat loss issue and the sight glass issue.

__________________
Homebrewed Blog..........YouTube Channel .......... Shirts, posters, etc
Yuri_Rage is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-20-2009, 07:00 PM   #4
bendavanza
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Oak CLiff, TX
Posts: 2,348
Liked 14 Times on 14 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Yuri-
I'm concerned about air getting trapped under the skirt, which I have read about, I think Bobby M had discussed in another thread. One day I will go all electric and skip the wasted BTU's and propane fills.
Bargain-
a wad of foil is what I've been using, and it does help.

-Ben

__________________
bendavanza is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
HLT/Keggle Heat-Shield ClutchDude DIY Projects 6 01-25-2011 02:41 AM
AHS Sight Glass slim chillingsworth Equipment/Sanitation 15 11-01-2008 02:40 PM
DIY Sight Glass Help Mitch529 DIY Projects 4 10-08-2008 01:36 PM
Instead of a sight glass.... beerme70 Equipment/Sanitation 4 05-27-2008 03:27 AM
Sight Glass Chris_Dog Equipment/Sanitation 2 11-03-2007 01:07 PM