Two large items I need would be a pump and plate chiller. Everything after that would be tubing and various hardware. What I am looking for from you guys is to basically walk me through what I need and how to set it all up. Your thoughts on mounting the burners, plate chiller, pump, and helping me select the right fittings and other hardware I need to make this whole setup tick. I included a pic of some various hardware that was included in my purchase.
I was thinking of using 3/4" plywood (not sure it will hold weight) on the lowest part on the top and using a stand burner for my HLT. I dont know why he welded those tabs on all three levels of the top half of the stand......
What would you recommend I do to clean up the rust? Obviously sand it down but should I paint it?
I can't help you with the build but for the rust, use barkeeper's friend and some elbow grease. I can't tell how rough that surface is due to rust and welding but you might can just use a scrub pad to get that off of there(and barkeeper's friend, of course). Depending on how bad it is, you might want to be careful putting weight on it.
Also, I wouldn't paint over that before you sand it or something. With that surface chipping and coming off like it is, the paint probably won't hold.
If u have a grinder get a wire wheel or two and a full face shield clear and go to town on that rust a bell wire wheel will work best they look like a cup made up of wire i.e. a bell. Then wipe down your stand with paint thinner (don't smoke at this time lol) and you will be good to paint. I got some of that high temp spray paint from lowes and it looks real nice. Good luck and be carefull with that wire wheel.