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Old 06-28-2010, 03:11 PM   #31
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This is an excellent build. Looking at the materials list, I noticed that the much of the cost of materials is in the casters:

Qty Part# Description Price
2 each 8968K26 1-1/2" X 1-1/2", 6’ length $17.32
6 each 4664T65 2-1/4" X 1-1/2", 6’ length $66.54
16 each 4664T22 Steel Corner Plate, 6"x 6" $35.52
1 pack 4664T61 Bolts W/nuts & Washers $12.89
4 each 8789T42 400 lb. capacity caster $91.84
Total: $224.11

The cost is really low without the casters. I think you could shop around and find a better deal on those or maybe even scrounge them up somewhere for free.

One thing I find very appealing is that this rig will weigh a lot less than most of the typical over-designed rigs. I would not be concerned about rust at all. Sure, it will develop some rust. That's unavoidable, but so what? Makes it that much more manly IMO. Just paint it and touch it up now and then if you feel it needs it. Personally, I would not paint it at all.
I agree with you on the casters... I'm sure you could find a cheaper option. It's just that I purchased these items online and couldn't touch/feel how sturdy the casters were. The last thing I wanted was to have gallons of boiling water/wort topple over because a caster failed so I went with the expensive "weight-rated" ones.

I had no intention of painting either... mine has a nice patina of rust and burnt sugars that I love!
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Hey sam, I'm totally with you on wanting sturdy casters and solid support. There's nothing wrong with that approach at all. Quality, heavy duty casters are never cheap. Yes, burnt sugars provide a near impervious finish. I like it!

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Old 06-28-2010, 06:08 PM   #33
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ebay has some really burly casters for pretty cheap....you could probably go with the 250lb casters and still be fine.

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How well would this thing hold up with paint on the plated rails?

Say you took some high temp paint to it, would it flake off with the plating when it's heated? or would it be fine and hold to the frame?

This is DEFINITELY a direction I'd love to go in. My only problem with single tiered stands is my cooler mash tun, I'd hate to melt it haha.

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How well would this thing hold up with paint on the plated rails?

Say you took some high temp paint to it, would it flake off with the plating when it's heated? or would it be fine and hold to the frame?

This is DEFINITELY a direction I'd love to go in. My only problem with single tiered stands is my cooler mash tun, I'd hate to melt it haha.

Not sure about the paint but a piece of cement board (HardieBacker) under your cooler mash tun will protect it from the heat. I made a few batches with mine before I converted a keg to a mash tun...



edit: Obviously, I didn't use the middle burner while using the igloo. The cement board just blocked heat from the side burners. Later, I hung more cement board around the sides to block the wind.
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Old 06-29-2010, 12:41 PM   #36
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Not sure about the paint but a piece of cement board (HardieBacker) under your cooler mash tun will protect it from the heat. I made a few batches with mine before I converted a keg to a mash tun...



edit: Obviously, I didn't use the middle burner while using the igloo. The cement board just blocked heat from the side burners. Later, I hung more cement board around the sides to block the wind.
Awesome!

I saw that picture on the site and didnt read anything about it, It just looked like plastic to me. Glad it'd doable. I guess parts for a brewstand might be next on my list.
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Just ordered the parts from McMaster to get started on this. I'm going to be going with the two burner set up. Already have two sankes with hardware to convert, a march pump, and one burner. Going to be SWEET!

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Just ordered the parts from McMaster to get started on this. I'm going to be going with the two burner set up. Already have two sankes with hardware to convert, a march pump, and one burner. Going to be SWEET!
You will need two sets of the bolt/washer/nut kits.
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Gremlyn1, let me know if you need any help or have any questions. I'm just finishing up a brutus clone made in this style. You will definitely need two hardware sets. The angle steel can be found at HD, as with most of the other parts, or check out Fastenal near downtown or Hayes bolt & supply in case you wanna save on shipping.

I'm hoping to have mine up for a test run this weekend. Just have to get the gas and pilot finished up.

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I cant wait to start mine! I love this site.

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