A little about the stand. It's a pretty standard Brutus inspired design, that will do direct fired RIMS in the long run. I'm upgrading from an 11 gallon BIAB setup, so I've made the conscious decision to skip the automation for now and just control the burners manually. I'd like to force myself to focus on the basics of brewing on this setup before distracting myself with the automation portion, or using it as a crutch. That being said, it has been designed entirely with automation in mind, and I expect to add it within the first year. There are very few parts on this stand today that will be redundant when automation is added, I think I'll only be about about $8 worth of gas piping. Speaking of that piping, the gas manifold is simply 1/2" ID black iron pipe with brass gas rated ball valves.
You may note that I added some additional 1" square tube supports on the sides of each burner area. These were a late design addition and are not reflected on the drawings. This is because I designed the stand to be large enough for a potential future upgrade to a 1bbl batch size, using Stout tanks kettles. This decision made using keggles a little bit sketchy (there was a tip factor of they were not positioned correctly), so we added the extra supports to accomodate any size of kettle. I fully recognize that this upgrade may never happen, but it's nice knowing that I have the option to go bigger just by switching my kettles at any point (ok, I'd probably need to upgrade my gas manifold pipe size and add bigger burners too.)
Here are the sketchup drawings. If anyone likes the design and would like the original sketchup file, just ask. I'd be happy to send it along to you. For me, this is the perfect size for both kettle options. At 2" square tubing it is over built for the 15 gallon kegs, but again it is designed 3x 40 gallon kettles (actually 2x 40 and 1x 45
). I'd have to check my notes for the gauge steel we used, but the long horizontal beams are a thicker gauge and the uprights and cross bars are thinner to save cost and weight. Bottom line, we put a lot of thought into the potential max load requirements and then built accordingly. And yes, it's overbuilt.
Stand with keggle and stout tank mockup
Re-posting the 'done' image from before for those not scrolling the thread
I have a few iPhone pictures of the stand build process I can share if there is any interest.