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Old 01-06-2011, 02:00 PM   #21
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I really like the way the 8020 looks. Also it seems it would be easy to adjust the stand and add on components quickly and easily. Keep up the good work!
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Old 01-06-2011, 02:23 PM   #22
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Thanks, yeah, so far the stuff is a breeze to work with. Cuts with regular wood tools, the fasteners allow for almost infinite mounting options.

The burner is going to be tricky though.

 
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Old 01-06-2011, 03:43 PM   #23
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Looks good but I agree, the burner placement is gonna be a challenge with your electrical box where it currently is. But I have faith you can pull it off. Good work.

 
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Old 01-06-2011, 04:18 PM   #24
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There will only be 1 burner on the stand, on the far right, down low. The small stub near the e-box will go to flexible hose to go to the tanless-heater, or flash boiler or whatever you want to call it.

It will just be a blue igloo cooler sitting on the top level.

 
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Old 01-06-2011, 04:27 PM   #25
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Oh should be no problem then. I misunderstood your layout. Good luck and I hope you can be brewing ASAP.

 
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Old 01-06-2011, 04:30 PM   #26
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I really like the way the 8020 looks. Also it seems it would be easy to adjust the stand and add on components quickly and easily. Keep up the good work!
It's super easy to bolt schit to. For instance, I have a few hooks around the frame for my mash paddle, a boil spoon, a flash light holder for checking the sparge water level and of course, a bottle opener. Mounting these on a stainless frame would have required drilling and tapping whereas it's a simple t-nut with the extrusions.

 
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Old 01-06-2011, 04:38 PM   #27
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I am going to try to finish the gas manifold, burner mount and some of the plumbing tonight. Then tomorrow night I will finish the plumbing and all of the misc. items. It will need and electrical box mounted somewhere to power the tankless heater along with the control box.

The tankless heater has a digital temp readout as well as its power on/off switch that I am considering re-locating to a piece of lexan just below my existing control box. This way, most everything could be done from in front of the stand.

This is the tankless heater:


 
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Old 01-06-2011, 04:39 PM   #28
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TIGHT. I like the idea of an onboard tankless heater.

 
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Old 01-06-2011, 04:47 PM   #29

I've been considering this, since my company sells Aluminum Extrusions and sells direct (no distributors like 80/20). How much $$ have you invested in just the frame? I'm also looking forward to seeing how you'll attach the burners.

 
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Old 01-06-2011, 04:49 PM   #30
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It makes brewing real nice.

For making my strike water, I recirculate through it with the gas throttled back a bit to reduce soot and overall wear since it is not replaceable without a large expense. I get about a 10 degree temp rise through and and just recirculate until I am at my strike temp.

For sparge water, I just go into a bucket for easy measuring, and I can get it to 170 at about 0.5 gal / minute when I am at full throttle.

 
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