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Old 12-17-2006, 08:52 PM   #1
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Anyone have an idea what steel going for these days? I'm going to be starting on my brewstand shortly, and I'm thinking I'll need about 50 feet of 1x1x1 steel tube. Not sure if that will be sufficient - I may need to go bigger, but that's what I'm looking at right now.

I checked the prices on www.onlinemetals.com, and they're asking about $90, plus $26 shipping. I need to order some perforated sheet for a false bottom anyway, so I'd have to pay the shipping no matter what. Anyone know if this is a reasonable price, or should I just check locally? I am willing to pay a little more for the convenience of ordering online and having it delivered right to my door rather than having to go pick it up, but not if it's outrageous. Plus, these guys will cut to the length you specify, so it will save me some work

 
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Old 12-17-2006, 09:17 PM   #2
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I'm pretty sure I recently got 60' of 1.25" square tube for around a buck a foot locally. Look for a steel and/or pipe supply house or ask a local fab/welding shop where they buy their raw goods. The Online Metals prices for perforated stainless are good, though.
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Old 12-17-2006, 09:35 PM   #3
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You're in a decent sized city. I would look locally for the materials. Shipping can be costly. Besides, seeing the items is better in filling the bill of what you really want. Catalog or verbal descriptions are sometimes vague.
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Old 12-17-2006, 10:27 PM   #4
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Another idea is to use discarded steel from bed frames. I know it isn't steel tubes but I've seen a brew stand made out of discarded bed frames and those can be free. Around here we have large item pickup by the city once every 3 or 4 months but if you slide your waste management truck drivers a 6 pack of homebrew and tell them what your plans are and there's more beer in it for them, I'd be willing to bet they'll have you as many discarded bed frames as you need to build one strong frame.

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Old 12-18-2006, 04:28 AM   #5
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I just payed 120$ for 90 ft of 1.5x1.5 Angle reg hot roll. Ex but makes a great stand.

 
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Old 12-18-2006, 04:55 AM   #6
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You're lucky you're dealing with steel. Copper here is being stolen out of homes being constructed for the scrap value. So, a copper cooling coil could get pretty expensive.
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Old 12-20-2006, 06:06 AM   #7
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You're lucky you're dealing with steel. Copper here is being stolen out of homes being constructed for the scrap value. So, a copper cooling coil could get pretty expensive.
Going on in a lot more than where you are... Down here they are stealing central A/C units.
As well as copper from construction sites.

 
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Old 12-20-2006, 05:52 PM   #8
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Well, I found it at a local shop for about a buck a foot. Plus, for $20 they'll cut it all to the lengths I specify and have it ready this afternoon. Time to break out the welder!

 
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Old 12-20-2006, 08:35 PM   #9
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Hey i have a guy that with metal included will be building one for me for around 70 bucks. It is a 3 tier system that has levels tall enough to accomidate keggles. those are not short by any means.

of course that does not incluede the burners but they will add those on as part of the price. And, they do body work on vehicles so they are very good and precise.
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Old 12-20-2006, 10:31 PM   #10
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That's really cheap - is it one that has a single pedestal in the center? I'm building a two tier, but it's a rack style instead of a single pole.

 
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