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Old 01-05-2011, 03:30 PM   #1
Jan 2011
Hellertown, PA
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Hello everyone. I am constructing a heat/ wind shield for my banjo burners and would like some input on the thickness of the steel. Does anyone know what a decent thickness would be that would be durable to the heat and still easy enough to bend into a circle. I will be ordering strips from McMaster Carrer and turning them into a circle and secured by screws or bolts. Thanks.


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Old 01-05-2011, 03:41 PM   #2
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I bought a roll of 12" flashing from Home Schlepo. I made a pattern from cardboard, traced it out on the flashing and cut it out. I used rivets to hold it in the circle. I cut several out because I didn't know how well it would hold up. It's very thin, but has held up for many batches. - Dwain

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Old 01-05-2011, 04:24 PM   #3
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A recent article in one of the brewing mags showed someone who used a galvanized tub as a wind/dog shield. They cut a small area out to allow for lighting and the hose I think. Looked like there was about 4-6 inches distance between the tub and the burner.

Maybe a bit more $$ than flashing, but it would also double as a boilover collector.

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Old 01-05-2011, 04:34 PM   #4
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I am working on these using the suggested 16 ga. carbon sheet metal.


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Old 01-06-2011, 01:08 PM   #5
Jan 2011
Hellertown, PA
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Thanks everyone.

Can you tell me where you bought your steel? I am looking at McMaster Carr and they don't list their steel by gauge. I am not much of a metallurgist as you can tell so I am hoping you can help me translate what I need from their site:


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Old 01-06-2011, 01:13 PM   #6
Jan 2011
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Actually nevermind. I found this helpful gauge conversion online:


Thanks so much everyone.

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Old 01-06-2011, 01:17 PM   #7
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Try a scrap yard first. Stainless sheet for less than retail carbon steel.
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Old 01-21-2011, 01:52 AM   #8
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I'm about to upgrade my brew kettle burner to a Banjo and I'd like to use a similar setup. I hear the Banjo is a beast. I don't have access to a welder anymore so I'd like to use the heat shield to help serve as a structure for mounting the burner...4 holes in the shield to mount to the burner tabs and the shield held to my Brutus stand with 4 brackets, screwed into the frame and the shield. Is aluminum strong enough?

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Old 01-21-2011, 02:43 PM   #9
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Without knowing exactly what you're working on (in terms of burner setup) it's hard to say, but I can tell you that I used 22ga steel for my project and it holds up just fine. Aluminum flashing used in this way would wilt away almost as soon as you turn on the burner.

Here's a link to my thread

Really makes a huge difference in both the opportunity for the flame to blow out and actually in efficiency as the heat is prevented from just going around the kettle right away.

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Old 01-21-2011, 03:39 PM   #10
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This is what I use. It's already assembled, cheap, portable and works really well.
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