Electric Brewing Supply 30A BCS Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > DIY Projects > Using Galvanized Steel for Burner Wind Shield
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 04-08-2008, 09:58 PM   #1
reshp1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 163
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default Using Galvanized Steel for Burner Wind Shield

My Bayou Classic SQ14 burner seems to struggle quite a bit in the wind. I was thinking of using a section of circular heating duct to build a quick and dirty heat wind shield. The problem is, the stuff is made out of galvanized steel. Are there any potential issues (toxic fumes?) from using this stuff next to so much heat? Any other easy ideas for a windshield? (I unfortunately don't have access to many tools and no welding equipment so it's got to be pretty simple)

__________________
reshp1 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-08-2008, 10:11 PM   #2
enderwig
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
enderwig's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Dickinson Texas
Posts: 1,452
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts

Default

My burner stands 14" tall, I wrapped 3 sides with 12" galvanized sheet and left a 2" gap at the bottom to let air in, and it works awesome. I find that I get a much more efficient boil with it on. I put it on with wing nuts so I could easily remove it if it was a problem, but I have had none.


__________________
Read the
Homebrewtalk Wiki!

enderwig is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-08-2008, 10:17 PM   #3
BigKahuna
Senior Member
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
BigKahuna's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Eastern Colorado
Posts: 5,940
Liked 48 Times on 41 Posts
Likes Given: 6

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by reshp1
Are there any potential issues (toxic fumes?)
Yes...but you'll know right away if it's a problem.
IF Galvanized metal gets hot enough, you will burn the coating off. A good example of this is welding. It will make you very sick if you breathe it. The simple solution is to try it. If you get sick, and I doubt you will, Go to fresh air, and believe it or not, Milk will stop the vomiting. I've had to do this a few times welding where I shouldn't have been...and well...It won't kill you.
__________________
Seriously. I'm here for BEER
It's Not The Size Of Your Rig That Counts....It's How Often You Use It.
BigKahuna is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-08-2008, 10:28 PM   #4
enderwig
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
enderwig's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Dickinson Texas
Posts: 1,452
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by BigKahuna
Yes...but you'll know right away if it's a problem.
IF Galvanized metal gets hot enough, you will burn the coating off. A good example of this is welding. It will make you very sick if you breathe it. The simple solution is to try it. If you get sick, and I doubt you will, Go to fresh air, and believe it or not, Milk will stop the vomiting. I've had to do this a few times welding where I shouldn't have been...and well...It won't kill you.
I haven't had any of the problems that BigKahuna states. Although I boil out in the middle of the patio and their is plenty of fresh air, (and wind, hence the sheet metal ). It actually never got that hot during a boil, most of the heat goes up.
__________________
Read the
Homebrewtalk Wiki!
enderwig is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-09-2008, 03:24 PM   #5
reshp1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 163
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by enderwig
It actually never got that hot during a boil, most of the heat goes up.
I think you're right, I looked it up and the vaporization point of zinc is 1650F. I don't think a windscreen on the sides of the burner will get nearly that hot. In fact I have a chimney starter that's made out of galvanized steel, and I'm sure that gets a lot hotter. I'll keep a gallon of milk handy just in case though.
__________________
reshp1 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-09-2008, 03:43 PM   #6
jrpark22000
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 52
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by BigKahuna
Yes...but you'll know right away if it's a problem.
IF Galvanized metal gets hot enough, you will burn the coating off. A good example of this is welding. It will make you very sick if you breathe it. The simple solution is to try it. If you get sick, and I doubt you will, Go to fresh air, and believe it or not, Milk will stop the vomiting. I've had to do this a few times welding where I shouldn't have been...and well...It won't kill you.

+1

Working in a HVAC dust shop taught me the same lesson. Milk can be your friend.
Be very careful with galvanized fumes.
__________________
www.thefatmanbrewery.com
jrpark22000 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-18-2011, 01:56 PM   #7
mmonacel
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Medford, NJ
Posts: 548
Liked 11 Times on 11 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

what about a windscreen that encircles the burner itself (about 2" clearance) as opposed to being outside of the burner housing? Would it reach that heat do you think? I'm using a SQ14 Banjo for instance. If it did, is it a matter of burning it off and then you're fine or is it a constant threat?

__________________

"Goin' downtown to the disco, gotta do it right away. Got a funky thing to get into, gonna blow my blues away!"

mmonacel is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-18-2011, 04:38 PM   #8
Rivenin
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Portland, Oregon
Posts: 2,650
Liked 180 Times on 146 Posts
Likes Given: 108

Default

i wouldn't trust it THAT close to it. you could always buy a corny keg and chop it up, you can find them for pretty cheap.
i need to do the same thing here soon because my other burner has absolutely no wind screen to speak of

__________________
RAINYDAY BREWING AND WINERY Southeast Portland, OR - EST 2010
Primary Rye Stout - Malt Liquor - Two Hearted/Dead Ringer
Kegged Robust Porter - Hop Bursted Saison
Coming up
Electric 120v Brutus 20
Rivenin is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-18-2011, 05:10 PM   #9
DevilsCreekBrewing
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Cambridge Ontario
Posts: 215
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

GTAW and GMAW runs between 6 and 8000 degrees C, and often has the welders face within, or right close to the smoke generated.

Using galv for a heat shield isn't going to give you metal fume fever.

__________________
DevilsCreekBrewing is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-18-2011, 06:51 PM   #10
LordUlrich
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Rochester, MN
Posts: 540
Liked 12 Times on 11 Posts
Likes Given: 8

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by BigKahuna View Post
It won't kill you.
There have been people on my blacksmiths forum who have died from heating galvanized steel without proper ventilation. It can kill you. Is it likely to kill you, no. Test it with your pot on the burner (to redirect the heat how it will in use). If you get smoke. The easy solution is use aluminum, no risk there.
__________________

Don't take any more faith in anything I say than you would anyone else on the internet. If you listen to what I say, then hurt your self or break something it is your own fault, I am just expressing my opinion or experience.
THINK for your self!!

LordUlrich 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
what do you use to shield the wind? glorifiedbusdriver Equipment/Sanitation 15 08-18-2009 12:58 PM
Propane Burner Wind problem zplug123 DIY Projects 12 08-13-2009 06:46 PM
Show me your wind shield/screen TerapinChef DIY Projects 8 03-23-2009 01:19 AM
Galvanized Steel Pickup Tube - Dangerous? culaslucas Equipment/Sanitation 7 10-20-2008 08:50 PM
Propane Burner and Wind moger777 Equipment/Sanitation 18 03-10-2008 04:33 PM