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Old 11-12-2010, 03:18 PM   #1
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Hi,

My brother (Merg) and I are trying to price out a single tier brewstand. We would be doing our own welding for this. I saw elsewhere a recommendation for:

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50' of 1-1/4" thin wall mild steel square tube...
Ok that's a reasonable starting point. But it's been years since I had to shop for stock metal and that was a few states away in PA. Where should I be looking for stock metal now? Online? Is there a DC vendor? My local welding supply store said to talk to the amish welders (don't ask) which isn't really ideal for price checks or convenience.

I didn't see another thread that addressed this question. I think I'm in a somewhat unique position of having done a lot of this kind of DIY stuff ten years ago (with some guidance), but now after grad school I'm finding some significant gaps, like "Where does metal come from anyway?"

Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-12-2010, 03:46 PM   #2
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I googled "metal baltimore" and got a few hits. If none of these works, I would contact an ornamental iron shop or a welding shop and see where they get theirs. Luck - Dwain

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Old 11-12-2010, 04:03 PM   #3
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Thanks. Googling "Metal Baltimore" did pull up more results than "Metal Stock Maryland." Lots of scrap dealers too, but that makes sense since Baltimore is slowly rusting from the inside out.

If anyone has any first-hand experience, I'd gladly take it. Even a rule-of-thumb price for brewstand metal.

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As far as price, even in the same city, there will be big differences. One thing I would say is to make sure of the dimensions you want. Specifically, heighth. One of my sons is vertically challenged. His brother and I were good, but he needed a ladder to add grains or stir. I just got the beast welded back together after cutting it down. It was a major biotch. Just remember: Measure twice, and you'll still probably have to cut it a couple of times. Luck - Dwain

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A search for "metal supply baltimore" brought upwww.infra-metals.com after a quick browse of their site, it looks like they do indeed have tubing. There were a few of them listed you could try that may be closer to you.

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I live in Baltimore. I found that it was cheaper to buy from speedymetals.com than any place around here. I think I called like 3 scrapyards and 2 metal shops...

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http://www.midwestmetalonline.com/
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call up your local HD Supply Waterworks, they probably don't have it on hand, but ask them if they can buy it for you

btw I work for HD Supply Waterworks and know I can get that stuff here in Arizona.

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Call BMG metals. I used them in Richmond and paid 60.00 for my 1-1/2 tubing on my single tier stand. They have an office in Baltimore.

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Thanks everyone. I even appreciate the people who googled things for me, although I often do that before bothering HBT. I am especially interested to hear that people did order metal over the Internet. I'm hoping other people will be able to learn from some of the suggestions here.

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