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Old 03-23-2009, 08:03 PM   #11
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Nicely done!


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looks good to me


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Old 03-24-2009, 01:55 AM   #13
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nice work man. thanks for the ideas.
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Old 03-24-2009, 01:58 AM   #14
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Very cool. You already picked up on the buna N temp problem and of course silicone would be the long term solution. Nice work cutting the slot. I think it's the hardest part.
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Old 03-24-2009, 02:44 AM   #15
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Any tips on cutting the slot? Is that something I could attempt with a rotary tool?
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I rough cut the slot on the table saw with a metal cutting blade; three lengthwise passes to make three parallel grooves stopping short of the 11" length. Then I made a beveled crosscut to define the ends. I cut the grooves last bit to the ends with a hacksaw.

A little light work with an angle grinder to cut away the burrs and smooth it a little. But be careful with the grinder, the copper is soft so you need a light touch. Then I hit it with a couple of mill files and finally some steel wool.

There are a few low spots and divots along the way, but cleaned up you really don;t notice them.
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Old 01-15-2015, 04:14 PM   #18
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Love this design but have some questions.

Can this be done in stainless with compression fittings and using the galss tube? If so, what sizes would I need to look for.

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Yes you can use compression fittings but there are a few considerations. You can't really do it as weldless if you're using a keg because the walls of the keg are not straight. The glass tubing would be not coming into the compression elbow straight so tendency to put stress on the glass or physically make contact with the compression nut is a bad idea. If you weld in fittings, you can get them much straighter. One workaround would be to use a compression fitting that is 1/8" oversized from the OD of the borosilicate glass tube. The inconsistent gaps would be made up with thinwall silicone tubing.


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