March Pump Head Orientation - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Equipment/Sanitation > March Pump Head Orientation

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 09-25-2009, 12:31 PM   #1
harley03
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Recipes 
 
Jan 2007
Macomb, MI
Posts: 248



Hey guys I am in the process of putting together my single tier HERMS system and am now mounting the March pumps. The question I have is there a rule or optimal position on which way the pump heads should be orientated?

What I want to do is keep the pumps close together on the lower level and cover them with some type of shield. If I leave the pump heads horizontal the pumps tend to be to far apart to cover with one shield due to clearence needed for the fittings.

Anyway let me know if there is a hard fast rule which says I need to mount the inlet and out horizontal or can they be verticle. Also would there be any priming issues with either orientation?
Thanks
__________________
Kegs and Kickstands Brewery

"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming--"Wow! What a Ride!""

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2009, 12:57 PM   #2
lustreking
Recipes 
 
Aug 2006
Bethlehem, PA
Posts: 777
Liked 26 Times on 24 Posts


Input facing down, output facing up is the easiest to prime.
__________________
My brewing site:
http://brewing.lustreking.com

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2009, 01:07 PM   #3
mmb
Jazz Hands!
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
mmb's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2008
WBMI
Posts: 30,280
Liked 4053 Times on 3803 Posts


You can also remove the heads and mount the pumps however you want, then reattach the pump head. Since it's magnetically coupled, it mounts fairly easy.
__________________
Black Phantom Brewing Company

ScottSA Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2009, 04:43 PM   #4
ShortSnoutBrewing
Kwanesum Chinook Illahee
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
ShortSnoutBrewing's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2007
Portland, OR
Posts: 3,213
Liked 19 Times on 17 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by lustreking View Post
Input facing down, output facing up is the easiest to prime.
I've had the exact opposite experience. Left, Right works a lot better for me than up, down.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2009, 05:04 PM   #5
BlackTieBrewing
Recipes 
 
Nov 2008
Ontario, Canada
Posts: 145
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by lustreking View Post
Input facing down, output facing up is the easiest to prime.
I also have my pump mounted this way and have had no problems with priming, it's also easy to drain having it vertically mounted.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2009, 06:00 PM   #6
passedpawn
Waste Allocation Load Lifter - Earth Class
HBT_ADMIN.png
 
passedpawn's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Apr 2009
☼ Clearwater, FL ☼
Posts: 25,852
Liked 6694 Times on 3957 Posts


In the manual that comes with the pump, they suggest a very specific orientation. I bet it would help if I remembered what that was, but I don't. Google knows!
__________________
- Andrew

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2009, 07:14 PM   #7
kcinpdx
Recipes 
 
Jun 2008
Portland, OR
Posts: 324
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts


Left Right with the in and out on the bottom works best for me

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2009, 07:18 PM   #8
lustreking
Recipes 
 
Aug 2006
Bethlehem, PA
Posts: 777
Liked 26 Times on 24 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by kcinpdx View Post
Left Right with the in and out on the bottom works best for me
Really? That should be the configuration that is hardest to prime!
__________________
My brewing site:
http://brewing.lustreking.com

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2009, 07:50 PM   #9
Whiskey
Recipes 
 
Jul 2007
Granville, Ohio
Posts: 717
Liked 13 Times on 10 Posts


Mine is oriented In-up, out-down. I do not use a bleeder valve or other quick fix and I have never had an issue with prime.

Air will always seek the highest point, water the lowest.

As long as the vessel you are pumping from is higher then the pump it will have no issues. All you have to do is open the valve on what you are pumping from and if applicable the one you are pumping to, wait 5 seconds and turn on the pump.
__________________
Insert catchy signature here....


 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2009, 07:54 PM   #10
IrregularPulse
Hobby Collector
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
IrregularPulse's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2007
Posts: 50,590
Liked 3389 Times on 3244 Posts


subscribed.
__________________
Tap Room Hobo

I should have stuck to four fingers in Vegas. :o - marubozo's mom

 
Reply With Quote


Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
March Pump Bronze Replacement Head doggage Equipment/Sanitation 25 08-28-2011 02:33 PM
March Pump SS Head? Best Price? Simphoto02 Equipment/Sanitation 28 12-07-2010 07:39 AM
march pump orientation docmoran Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 1 12-14-2008 12:41 AM
March pump technical info- material, temperature, flow rate, head Boerderij_Kabouter Equipment/Sanitation 1 07-17-2008 09:42 PM
March Pump Head Flip? CodeRage Equipment/Sanitation 1 04-27-2008 09:43 PM


Forum Jump