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Old 04-15-2011, 12:37 AM   #1
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Ok, so my new Top Tier stand arrived today in 5, relatively heavy boxes. My weekend project will be assembling this beast.

Does anyone have any advice for assembling this rig?

Second, I know I will have to provide the pipe for the gas manifold. I am used to using black iron pipe and the thick yellow teflon tape. However the man at the big box store told me that galvanized pipe is interchangeable and is rated for LP and natural gas use and can be used with black iron pipe fittings. Anyone know the truth about this?

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Old 04-15-2011, 02:55 AM   #2
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Yeah it takes a while to build. I think it took me the best part of a day, including a trip to Lowes for the pipe. As for tips...

- Figure out your configuration before you start. Nothing worse than lifting those heavy burners on and off.

- I picked up a torque wrench from Sears for about $25. That worked great with ensuring the bolts aren't over tightened.

- You really need a helper when installing the burners. I did it myself, but it was a struggle and my muscles were aching the following day.

- I used teflon tape (I thought it was the gas rated stuff) and it caught on fire the first time I fired it up. I then immediately removed it all and it has been working fine for the past 6+ months.

I picked up the pipe which the instructions recommended. Don't recall exactly what it is - black pipe? Lowes had various lengths available, so I did not need one custom cut.

 
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Old 04-15-2011, 02:59 AM   #3
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Old 04-15-2011, 01:19 PM   #4
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Use black pipe, galvanized is used mainly of water lines and a few other applications but not meant for gas, it will corrode. Don't use tape, get the yellow gas paste that comes in a bottle with the applicator, don't have a bottle in front of me right now but think oatley makes it.. Good luck

 
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Old 04-15-2011, 01:34 PM   #5
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Took me a full weekend to get it the way I wanted it. There is a YouTube video that gives some tips on putting it together.
I just used the black iron pipe, lowes had every thing I needed.

Very happy with mine.

 
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Old 04-15-2011, 04:55 PM   #6
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Make sure it fits through the door! I measured just about everything before I purchased except for the doorway to my patio! I put it all together in my back room and now I have to take everything off of it to get it out back. Plus now I have to store it on my patio and use tarps to cover it. *face palm*

Good advice on the teflon tape. I'll be sure to remove it before I fire it up for the first time Do you think it's safe to use without any extra sealant?

 
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Old 04-15-2011, 07:58 PM   #7
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Just use the yellow gas rated teflon tape. Never heard about galvanized pipe corroding with gas usage (it does with chlorinated water though), but I figure its not going to be used constantly so it'll be fine.

 
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Old 06-08-2011, 05:47 AM   #8
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Took me a full weekend to get it the way I wanted it. There is a YouTube video that gives some tips on putting it together.
I just used the black iron pipe, lowes had every thing I needed.

Very happy with mine.
Do you have the link?

 
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Old 06-08-2011, 06:19 PM   #9
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There is an assembly video on Blichman's website.

 
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Old 07-04-2011, 04:58 PM   #10
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Here's the link to the Blichmann Top Tier Instructional video, it was very helpfull:


 
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