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Old 07-05-2007, 05:38 PM   #21
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so what was the total cost for building that thing vs. just buying one?
I think for most of you.... you'd say its not that big of a savings and may not be worth the hassle.

I believe my total cost was $90 with tax.
The two hoses were $14 (Not included if bought online)

The 50' 3/8" tubing was $59

Misc fittings $17
Comparatively speaking..... $76 without hoses.

See the link from Midwest;
http://www.midwestsupplies.com/produ...px?ProdID=4485
Add $8.00 for shipping + $4 make vs buy difference. - It saved me whopping $12.00

My pay-out was less by $50 because I had a Home Depo gift card worth that much. Cha-ching

So for me, I saved about $62 (Net Diff, No shipping & Gift Card)

In all - I shelled out $40 with hoses for my rig.

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Old 02-06-2008, 08:42 PM   #22
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I called Lowes and they said for 20' of soft copper tubing it was going to be $66. Whats the deal?
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Old 02-06-2008, 08:44 PM   #23
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I called Lowes and they said for 20' of soft copper tubing it was going to be $66. Whats the deal?
This thread was 7 months ago. The price of copper has been going up steadily since then...
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Old 02-06-2008, 08:46 PM   #24
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I thought that might have had something to do with it - but wow thats a lot. Why is copper going up so much?
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Lots of reasons, from global demand to fuel costs. The point is, alternative materials for everything from wort chillers to electrical wiring are gonna come into play eventually. Aluminum wiring in houses? again? but those houses had a habbit of burning down?? Well, it's a real possibility soon.
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I found the same stuff, except much cheaper.

http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...015&lpage=none

Why is this stuff so much cheaper? Is this O.K to use to build my WC?
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I found the same stuff, except much cheaper.

http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...015&lpage=none

Why is this stuff so much cheaper? Is this O.K to use to build my WC?

It is not the "same stuff" you found a short length of tiny 1/4" copper. You could use that but it is really too small to be an effective chiller. You really want 50' of 1/2 " tubing which is a lot more expensive from lowes
http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...006&lpage=none

But it can be found for $50 or less on the good old internet, or for $80ish from HD.

edit... I did some more research and found that you can have 50ft of 1/2" soft copper shipped to your door for $54 here is the link for all you diy fools.
http://coppertubingsales.com/pricing.php

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China is consuming copper, steel, timber, oil, etc at a rapid pace... All about supply and demand
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I thought that might have had something to do with it - but wow thats a lot. Why is copper going up so much?

I dont know how much shipping is but the price is much better than HD or Lowes


http://coppertubingsales.com/pricing.php
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Shipping is great actually. I got 50' of 3/8 mailed to my house for a total coast of $42. (I live near Chicago)
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