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Old 01-08-2013, 05:59 PM   #1
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Default Bigger Kettle Pickup Tube

So currently im using a 3/8" piece of copper as my pickup tube. Currently i use gravity so the flow is okay. If i switch to 1/2" tubing would there be a noticeable difference? Im going to buy a march pump soon and am somewhat concerned that ill be limiting the flow into the pump to get the best flow possible. Thoughts?
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:48 PM   #2
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Yes, it makes a big difference. I prefer 5/8" OD.


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It depends where you have your ballvalve drilled and attached but I just installed one of these 90 degree 1/2" SS elbows as a diptube for my new kettle. One try and it worked like a charm.

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Wowzers... 10 bucks for street elbow.
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I guess I didn't price check. Oh well, thanks Christmas gift card!
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My BK gets round as it approaches the bottom like a bowl so there is a good 2" below my valve to the bottom. I am probably just going to use a 90 elbow with a 2.5" threaded nipple for pickup. I might even fashion some type of screen to screw on to the nipple
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Bobby is doing a good job not inserting his products directly into the conversation, but definitely check out his site. I've got his 5/8" pickup tubes, and high flow elbows installed on my kettles and absolutely love them. It does make a big difference in flow.


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