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Old 04-12-2011, 01:38 PM   #1
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Title really says it all, does anyone do this? How did you accomplish? Thanks.

 
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Old 04-12-2011, 01:41 PM   #3
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Pics would be great! Where did you buy and if you don't mind my asking how much?

 
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Old 04-12-2011, 01:47 PM   #4
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i recirc my HLT Brutus style.

 
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Old 04-12-2011, 01:50 PM   #5
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Forgive my ignorance what is "brutus style"?

 
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Old 04-12-2011, 01:52 PM   #6
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Really, unless you are using your HLT as the heat source in a HERMS setup, do you need to stir it?


 
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Old 04-12-2011, 01:53 PM   #7
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Pics would be great! Where did you buy and if you don't mind my asking how much?
It was built, with a plastic spoon and a little motor and fan. It worked great in my cooler HLT. But when I went bigger, with a keg for my HLT, my friend (lschiavo here on HBT) added the copper portion. The motor would overheat without the fan blowing down on it.
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Old 04-12-2011, 01:53 PM   #8
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That is how I would be using it...I thought that agitating the water around my coil would help with the heat transfer, I was thinking a large stir bar??

 
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Old 04-12-2011, 01:55 PM   #9
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Great pics, thanks for the idea!

 
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Old 04-12-2011, 01:55 PM   #10
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I built a stirrer just for the fun of it.




It works very well. However, recirculating the HLT water works just as well and is a lot easier to accomplish.

 
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