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Old 02-18-2010, 11:49 PM   #21
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How much did the welding cost you? If you don't mind my asking.
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Old 02-19-2010, 12:40 AM   #22
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How much did the welding cost you? If you don't mind my asking.
I found a guy on Craigslist who offered welding services. Chatted with him a bit and he was recently laid off. Se said he had worked for over 10 years doing work on restaurant & dairy equipment. I took just the HLT keg to him as a 'trial' I didn't want all 3 kegs to be potentially ruined by bad work. He quoted me $25 to do the 5 full couplings in the HLT... and said he'd back-gas the welds with argon to prevent 'sugaring'.

I was impressed with the work he did, and took him the other 2 kegs. He welded the other 13 couplings and cut the top out of one with a plasma cutter for $80 $95. EDIT: It was actually $95 for the 13 couplings & plasma cut top. I had given him $40 for the first work he did, then he quoted me $80 more to do the rest.

I think it was a heck of a deal. In the MLT & BK he welded inside & out for a sanitary weld. I told him it didn't matter in the HLT if there was a tiny gap between the keg wall and coupling on the inside since it would only contain water.
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Old 02-19-2010, 03:38 AM   #23
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Postman delivered more of the goods today. The Honeywell pilot burner assemblies, liquid tight RTD with 4" probe from Auber, & RTD panel mount connector. I picked up an 80mm Antec fan which has a temperature sensor on it, and speeds up when it gets hot. I'm going to try to wire it up so it only runs when the heating element is energized. I've been trying to find a small DC converter (other than a wall wart) that I can mount in the box to provide 5V DC to power SSRs for the pumps & gas valve. I might have to build a small circuit to do it, or permanently mount a wall wart in the box (yuck).

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Old 02-19-2010, 04:26 AM   #24
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Ask and you shall recieve. DC power supply Alot of Brewtroller users have had good luck with this and its cheap. I have one and like it. Its 12v but should work fine.

 
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Old 02-19-2010, 04:49 AM   #25
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Sweet! Thanks pickles! That is a serious power supply. Overkill for my current demand (fan and a few SSRs) but it will be nice to have mounted if I decide to make the move to the Brewtroller.

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Kegged - Under Pressure Pale Ale (4/4/2015) - Dopplebock (1/22/2015) - Black Widow Kolsch (1/31/2015) - Pious New World (2/6/2015)
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Old 02-19-2010, 04:51 AM   #26
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I found a guy on Craigslist who offered welding services. Chatted with him a bit and he was recently laid off. Se said he had worked for over 10 years doing work on restaurant & dairy equipment. I took just the HLT keg to him as a 'trial' I didn't want all 3 kegs to be potentially ruined by bad work. He quoted me $25 to do the 5 full couplings in the HLT... and said he'd back-gas the welds with argon to prevent 'sugaring'.

I was impressed with the work he did, and took him the other 2 kegs. He welded the other 13 couplings and cut the top out of one with a plasma cutter for $80 $95. EDIT: It was actually $95 for the 13 couplings & plasma cut top. I had given him $40 for the first work he did, then he quoted me $80 more to do the rest.

I think it was a heck of a deal. In the MLT & BK he welded inside & out for a sanitary weld. I told him it didn't matter in the HLT if there was a tiny gap between the keg wall and coupling on the inside since it would only contain water.
You got a hell of a deal. I guess the recession has an upside.
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Old 02-20-2010, 03:22 PM   #27
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This is on the same design as what I have in the making. Dont know if I will mount the burners or just set them up for a turkey fryer. The big switch is converting the current control box so it can run with out 240v.

 
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Old 02-20-2010, 05:10 PM   #28
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Looks like a great build.

I like how all of the beer glasses and mugs in your pictures look to be strategically placed to make it in the frame

 
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Old 02-20-2010, 05:36 PM   #29
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That's a smoking deal on the welding, esp for someone who obviously knows what they are doing. Inside and out welds? Sweet.
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Old 02-21-2010, 12:42 AM   #30
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LKHA, I looked at your control box in another thread. Anxious to see how it is after you convert it.

PatMac, it helps me keep in mind what this is all about. Homebrew! That's BM's Outer Limits IPA in the glass.

Picked up steel Friday for the stand. Hope to have it done next week.

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Kegged - Under Pressure Pale Ale (4/4/2015) - Dopplebock (1/22/2015) - Black Widow Kolsch (1/31/2015) - Pious New World (2/6/2015)
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