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Old 10-15-2012, 08:46 PM   #1
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I have recently built my DIY stir plate and I am currently anxiously awaiting to get the stir bar in the mail...

I would love to test this sucker out and I have not been able to find anything about a "DIY stir bar"...

I read a couple posts about taking a screw, cutting the head off it and inserting in some tube and sealing it up... (again not to be used for actual yeast but something that I can whip together to test the stir plate...)

Any suggestions on how I could make one to test this out?


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Old 10-16-2012, 03:57 PM   #2
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so nothing from anyone eh?


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Old 10-16-2012, 05:48 PM   #3
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Just do what you posted. If you just want to test the stir plate, use a small bolt. I did this to test my stir plate build. You don't even need to put it some tubing.

 
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Old 10-16-2012, 06:01 PM   #4
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You can use a piece of screw, or bolt or nearly anything at the hardware that is of ferrous metal and the right size and shape.

Stainless won't work, FYI.

You can even keep using it if you like. Just make sure to wash well after use. Just got to find a way to keep it from rusting.

But a coated stirbar is worth the money in ease of cleaning and they won't scratch your flask like a metal one will over time.

 
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Old 10-16-2012, 06:56 PM   #5
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Okay awesome I'll test that out when I get home...

Yeah I bought a stir bar on ebay for $6 bucks including shipping but its coming from Houston and I live in upstate NY so I'd like to know if my build will need any adjustments
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Most likely it will. The bolt/screw won't act the same as an actual stir bar. The stir bar I have is flat on the sides and has rounded ends. Most bolts are cylindrical.

 
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:52 PM   #7
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Here is how I made a roughly 1" stir bar. I cut a framing nail to about 3/4". Slipped that inside polyethylene water tubing (the stuff that services water to your fridge) that extended over each end of the nail by about 1/8" or so. I took my soldering iron and carefully melted the edges of the opening and made nice rounded, watertight ends. Works perfectly for me and saved $5-$6 in the process.

 
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Old 10-16-2012, 08:09 PM   #8
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Okay cool, thanks guys for the suggestions, I'm anxious to test out the stir plate and see well my build is...
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Old 10-16-2012, 11:55 PM   #9
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Okay awesome I'll test that out when I get home...

Yeah I bought a stir bar on ebay for $6 bucks including shipping but its coming from Houston and I live in upstate NY so I'd like to know if my build will need any adjustments
Mine shipped really quick (couple of days) I ordered from ebay and it shipped from Houston.
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Old 10-17-2012, 01:05 AM   #10
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I was in the same boat waiting for my stir bars. Here is what I did.
I had a quick disconnect drill bit that was broken, you know, the hex shaped ones for a drill driver. I broke the remainder of the drill portion off then wrapped it in teflon tape. Worked great.


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