Especially for all you welders out there...
I'm looking at putting together a large, scaled up version of the tippy design, using custom 65 gallon kettle as the mash tun. My question is whether the journals (the Frankenstein-like things that are welded to the ring around the pot that it rests and pivots on) can hold the weight of the pot in the static position when it is full of mash. Empty, once drained, I'll "tip" it, but the weight is substantially less.
I was planning on wrapping the pot with 3/16" thick, 1 3/4" wide belt. The journal posts themselves will be 1" diameter, solid round, 1.75" long.
The weight of the kettle that the TWO journals needs to carry, when full and not "tipping" is:
TOTALLY MAXED OUT: 150 pounds of grain, plus 48.75 gallons water (8.33#/gallon) = 406 pounds, plus weight of kettle (20#?) = 575 pounds or so.
So, that's almost 300 pounds per journal - just want to be sure that's ok before I proceed.