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Old 12-18-2012, 04:29 PM   #1
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I think I've tracked down a keg to repurpose into a boil kettle (haven't seen it yet, so I don't know what kind of shape it's in). The keg's current owner has had it for so long that he no longer remembers what he paid for it and isn't sure of the value. Since this is the first one I've managed to find, I don't really know what the going rate is either. I don't want to overpay, but I don't want to rip the guy off either. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what a fair offer might be?

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Old 12-18-2012, 04:34 PM   #2
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He didnt pay anything for the keg. He simply placed a small deposit and then kept it after that. Legally its a stolen keg...

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Old 12-18-2012, 04:36 PM   #3
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Yes it is stolen.

However, I would not pay over 40 for one in good shape.
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Old 12-18-2012, 05:36 PM   #4
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30-40 depending on condition

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Old 12-18-2012, 06:14 PM   #5
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What is it worth to you? Can you find a 15 gallon boil kettle elsewhere for $40?

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Old 12-18-2012, 06:17 PM   #6
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I think the $30-$40 range is reasonable. If he can prove he legally owns it (not stolen as chemman14 proposes), I'd pay a little more just for the peace of mind. Legally acquired kegs do exist... but chances are, this is not one. That being said, $30-$40
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:13 PM   #7
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What is it worth to you? Can you find a 15 gallon boil kettle elsewhere for $40?
...especially Stainless Steel. This is why I bought kegs to cut up. Otherwise you're probalby looking at a couple of hundred bucks for an comparable SS kettle.

I paid $130 for four 15.5 gal kegs. Comes out to $32.50 each, which I thought was very reasonable. Looking back, I have no idea if they were legitimately owned before I bought them. They were just for sale in a yard of junk among other things. I was sure to give them a good cleaning though.
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:17 PM   #8
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Legal - $80-100
Illegal - $20-$40

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Old 12-18-2012, 07:25 PM   #9
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Depends on the fittings installed in it too. IF he used all stainless fittings (3-piece ball valve, good dip tube, etc.) then it will be worth more. If he used an one piece valve and all brass fittings, worth considerably less. If you weren't 3 hours away from me I'd offer to help you build up one for yourself. With LEGAL kegs. If you want to explore that option, PM me... I have all the tools needed to do the conversion.
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:22 PM   #10
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I live in the K.C., MO area. I've never seen a used for less than 50 bucks. Which, coincidentally is the usually the cost of your deposit....

On the whole legal/illegal question though. If they keep your deposit, you own that keg. There is usually something in the paper-work you sign that states that after a certain amount of time has past, they will pocket your deposit and you now own the empty piece of stainless steel or aluminum. Similar to a movie rental, correct? Or am I completely off base?

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