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Old 04-01-2010, 06:21 AM   #101
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That is cool to see. What are the vents for?
The vents are an attempt to give super hot air a way to escape other than the small holes in the skirt and the corners of each 'square'. I'm trying to keep the stand from becoming super-freaking-hot like I see a lot of Brutus owners talk about.

Aside from keeping the powder coating from burning ... I don't want the stand to become a branding iron


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Old 04-02-2010, 01:28 PM   #102
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Heat shields are a success! Last night I heated up the HLT with propane to 160F to see how things hold up. Flawless! I want to move the burner up about 1/2" to account for the extra height that the stainless heat shield added. Going to do the same thing with the MLT and BK tomorrow.







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Old 04-05-2010, 01:41 PM   #103
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Excellent work so far.
Good idea with the vents.
I'll have to be doing those now, too.
It probably gives a good view to see if the pilot is lit so you won't have to drill a big hole in the wind shroud, huh?
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Old 04-05-2010, 01:46 PM   #104
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Considering all the waterproof wiring conduit, how will you protect the pumps themselves?
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Old 04-05-2010, 03:44 PM   #105
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Excellent work so far.
Good idea with the vents.
I'll have to be doing those now, too.
It probably gives a good view to see if the pilot is lit so you won't have to drill a big hole in the wind shroud, huh?
Thanks! It really does help to be able to see the burner and pilot while the kettle is in place.

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Considering all the waterproof wiring conduit, how will you protect the pumps themselves?
I'm making some splash-guards for the pumps that I should get done this week.
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Old 04-07-2010, 03:04 AM   #106
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Maiden brew day will be this Saturday, April 10. Going to brave a group brew with my club at the LHBS. I will either have great success, or massive failure with my peers .

Going to brew a 5 gallon batch of IPA. Want to get a feel for efficiency on the new system before doing a 10 gallon batch. Will be heating with propane.

I still need to:
  • Build/install HERMS HEX coil
  • Build/install BK mounted IC
  • Make/install pump splash guards
  • Redo HLT pilot burner mount
  • Make 2 QD silicone hoses
  • Make/install sparge arm
  • Insulate MLT with Reflectix™
Wish me luck! I'll post some pics of the finished rig at the end of the week
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Old 04-07-2010, 03:29 AM   #107
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sorry if this has been asked I couldnt find it. Where did you get the weld fitting for the heating element? I thought heating elements were not NPT? Please educate me. Thank and your rig is awe inspiring.
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Old 04-07-2010, 03:41 AM   #108
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I think the heating elements are 1" NPS, but they will thread in to a 1" NPT female. The threads won't be water-tight, but the seal from the factory sealed mine up nicely. I've got some high-temp silicone o-rings that I got from McMaster that I'm going to try to use in place of the rubber seal. Haven't done a test fit yet. If they work, I have 24 spares

1" NPT half coupling

1" NPT Square-head plug

I got the plug to use when I heat the HLT with propane, but in my testing with gas on the HLT, the coupling/element doesn't get too hot. With the vents in the skirt it seems to keep temps there under control pretty well.
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Thanks! Have you tried Teflon tape on the threads?
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Thanks! Have you tried Teflon tape on the threads?
I haven't tried Teflon tape, because it isn't leaking


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