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Old 05-05-2011, 12:04 AM   #1
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I just replaced my 40 gallon water heater. The unit is 27 years old, so had a good life. The hole developed at the top of the tank. So I'm wondering, can I reuse the burner jets and thermostat to make a nice brew setup? What about cutting the top off to make a HUGE stainless steel brew pot? I'm open to suggestions, just curious.

 
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Old 05-05-2011, 12:09 AM   #2
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is it ss on th inside
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Old 05-05-2011, 12:17 AM   #3
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What can you do with it?!?!?

Ever see that water heater episode of Mythbusters?
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Old 05-05-2011, 01:21 AM   #4
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I'll bite, what did they do on mythbusters?

 
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Old 05-05-2011, 01:33 AM   #5
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mythbusters BLEW IT UP!!!

here's these:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/conv...r-heater-1834/

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/usin...le-mlt-232648/

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/wate...sh-tun-236670/

 
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Old 05-05-2011, 04:30 AM   #6
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mythbusters BLEW IT UP!!!
Yep, they sealed the thing up tight and heated it up until the bottom blew out of it, sending it through the second floor and roof like a rocket! Good times!
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Old 05-05-2011, 12:14 PM   #7
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Throw it away. You got your $300 out of it.

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I just replaced my 40 gallon water heater. The unit is 27 years old, so had a good life. The hole developed at the top of the tank. So I'm wondering, can I reuse the burner jets and thermostat to make a nice brew setup? What about cutting the top off to make a HUGE stainless steel brew pot? I'm open to suggestions, just curious.

 
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Old 05-05-2011, 03:03 PM   #8
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after 30 years i would imagine the inside looks aweful. you might as well cut the top off and see whats inside before tossing it, but i wouldnt get my hopes of using it up too much.

 
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Old 05-05-2011, 03:33 PM   #9
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When I was a kid, my dad cut one lengthwise so the neighbor could use it for a watering trough...

 
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Old 05-05-2011, 03:33 PM   #10
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Is the burner still useful though? I just replaced my 18 year old burner and was thinking the valve and burner could come in handy for a NG stand build .
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