So I'm converting my rectangular cooler into a MLT. The cooler is a little different in that the bulkhead is in the middle of the long edge, not the short edge. I tried reading Palmer's stuff on manifold layout and design, but all of the science and flow rate stuff is over my head. http://www.howtobrew.com/appendices/appendixD-1.html
Here is a crude drawing for how I am planning on doing the layout.
My MS paint skills are extraordinary. I was planning on connecting it to the bulkhead at point A, but I'm a little worried that it will effect all of the flow rate stuff, like will it cause more water to be drawing along that first pipe instead of equally across all 3? Should I instead connect it to pipe B or C? Or should I add some vertical slots in between the long pipes to break it into a grid more? If I fill up my cooler with water and drain it, is it easy to tell if you have channeling going on?
I'm having a lot of fun messing around with this stuff and can't wait to get started on my first AG batch. My wife is amazed that I'm spending all this time doing handy-man type stuff, although that probably doesn't bode well for me in the future as she'll make me try to fix more things around the house now, heh.