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Old 04-07-2010, 05:22 PM   #1
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I am working on some plans/ doing a lot of research on RIMS/ HERMS systems. It seems most people opt for some type of angle iron, steel tubing, or stainless steel tubing. Is there a reason not many people (if anybody) considers using aluminum tubing? It is light, won't rust (may corrode), can maintain structural integrity, and looks nice.

There has to be a reason I am missing, someone please enlighten me. My only two guesses are 1) It may be difficult to weld because it melts easily or 2) People are afraid the heat from the burner (if direct fired) may weaken the material; but some type of heat shield should rectify that (right?).

 
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Old 04-07-2010, 05:29 PM   #2
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Cause its hard (need a tig) to weld aluminum. I imagine that's the only real reason. That and people like the bling factor of SS.
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Old 04-07-2010, 05:31 PM   #3
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Also, it may conduct heat easier then steal, so the stand itself might heat up, etc.. I don't think you would need to worry about heat weakening the stand though.
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Old 04-07-2010, 05:31 PM   #4
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A lot more difficult to weld.

Not sure but probably more expensive.

 
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Old 04-07-2010, 05:40 PM   #5
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Thanks!

Looking at the pricing it does seem more expensive than I thought, similar to SS in some cases.

 
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Old 04-07-2010, 05:43 PM   #6
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you can mig weld aluminum, just need to have the set-up for it.
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Old 04-07-2010, 05:45 PM   #7
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I've seen some nice t-slot rigs. Check the "show us your Brutus" thread recent posts for one.
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Old 04-07-2010, 05:46 PM   #8
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I guess if you wanted to get bling factor out of Aluminum you could upgrade to Aluminum-Lithium! It would be extremely light (but a 5x's more expensive than regular aluminum)!

 
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Old 04-07-2010, 08:31 PM   #9
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I have been using aluminum extrusion for years with great results.

Hers is a perfect example made by Irrenarzt


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Old 04-07-2010, 08:37 PM   #10
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Hopefully this isn't a Captain Obvious question... but about how heavy is your stand?

 
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