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Old 05-11-2012, 12:31 AM   #1
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Default Who needs a blichmann? When you can build a Bradford!!!

I have been thinking about why the heck my keggles have to look like kegs that I chopped apart, even if they do look kind of cool in an industrial kind of way.

This is what i came up with a couple of months ago, but finally worked on today.


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Old 05-11-2012, 12:32 AM   #2
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And final shot with the dog checking out my work


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very presentable.

Any reaction to the wood when heated?
React okay, or TBD?
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I am all electric, so nothing gets over 205 degrees (high elevation). The wood also acts like insulation on the tanks. Gonna do all 4 (ya my system is a 4 tank 3 pump herms system) tanks like this, and they will look sweet when plumped with ball valves, herms coil, thermometers, sight glasses, etc. I am stoked.
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Old 05-11-2012, 12:51 AM   #5
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Looks great, but I wouldn't do anything to make mine heavier. My back aches just looking at that!
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4 pine 1x4's dont weigh much... actually, cutting the top off, and adding the wood may be a wash... not really, just wishfull thinking...
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Looks nice! I found this on the 'net for wood:

The R-value for wood ranges between 1.41 per inch (2.54 cm) for most softwoods and 0.71 for most hardwoods. Ignoring the benefits of the thermal mass, a 6-inch (15.24 cm) thick log wall would have a clear-wall (a wall without windows or doors) R-value of just over 8.
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So 3/4 inch has a value of 1.06?
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How are you going to mount the heating element around the wood? Are you just mounting w/ a larger diameter hole in the wood to allow for your heater electrical enclosure?
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You are my hero. I dreamed of this months ago, but haven't built it yet. You go guy!


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