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Old 01-28-2013, 02:23 AM   #1
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Well, sorta.
After months of talking about it, designing, making wiring diagrams, etc. I'm finally getting underway at actually building my single tier. Picked up my steel yesterday and got to welding today. All in all, I'd say it was a fairly productive day of welding, which is rare considering I have a 2yr old who usually occupies me enough to not get any building done.

I have threads already for the stand design here
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/stand-thoughts-379315/

And for the control panel here
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f235/hel...iagram-348487/

I still haven't fully decided if I'm going to mount my control panel on an arm like that yet or figure out some way of folding\telescoping it. But anyway, here's the current progress. I'll try to keep it updated as I progress more.




And what the current sketchup looks like, for those not wanting to visit the other threads.





 
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Old 01-28-2013, 02:29 AM   #2
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Looking good. Kudos for taking the time to polish that keg. I lost interest halfway through mine.



 
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Old 01-28-2013, 02:36 AM   #3
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Looking good. Kudos for taking the time to polish that keg. I lost interest halfway through mine.

Tell me about it... it was about 6-7 hours worth of polishing. I think if I decide to polish the others, I wont be going for mirror shine again. Halfway doesn't look too bad after all.

 
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:49 AM   #4
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Tell me about it... it was about 6-7 hours worth of polishing. I think if I decide to polish the others, I wont be going for mirror shine again. Halfway doesn't look too bad after all.
Yah I got as far as the first grinder pad on mine then tried just a little bit of the buffer then lost interest. I noticed a slight difference but not enough to make want to do any more of it

 
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:55 AM   #5
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Tell me about it... it was about 6-7 hours worth of polishing. I think if I decide to polish the others, I wont be going for mirror shine again. Halfway doesn't look too bad after all.
I was happy last night with just a 3M flap disc on my salvaged stainless tubing. For my kegs I'm going use the disc first then a coarse grit pad, tapping it on the edge in a short down stroke. This leaves a small crescent, that when overlapped by the others resembles fish scales (fish/aquaculture biologist here). I did half of one keg to see and it looks well enough.

I have been debating in my head if I want a short stand like yours or a tall stand to store the kegs underneath. You have dimensions? I like the comfort-look of a shorter stand and storing kegs on top wouldn't be all that bad. Plus, a tall stand looks awfully wobbly when I think about having 300+ lbs of hot stuff up there.

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Old 01-30-2013, 02:44 AM   #6
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The stand itself without the wheels is 1' tall, 1'6" deep and 4'6" wide.
I did it short because I already had two Blichmann burners, so it only made sense to just buy a third and design the stand around those.

I also went with 1.5" 11ga. (or 1/8") wall tubing. I think the 2" tubing that you regularly see people making stands out of is severely overkill. I've already filled all three kegs to the rim on this and then jumped on top of it to test it's strength. I weight about 210lbs and it didn't even flex one bit!

I'm currently also trying to figure out how I'm going to mount my pilots and thermocouples to the burners. That's one thing that is a bit of a challenge on these Blichmann's!

 
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Old 01-30-2013, 03:26 AM   #7
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Thanks. I am using 2" stainless tubing, but only because it was free....just some work cutting and grinding a bunch of stuff off it.

That's pretty close to the measurements I mocked up with cardboard cutouts (probably pretty close to standard dimensions now, with all the single tiers out there).

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Old 01-31-2013, 07:40 PM   #8
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Solved the pilot burner mounting issues. Turned out to be quite easy...
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:36 PM   #9
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So you just drilled into the underside of the burner? Any issues with gas/air leaking around the screw?
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:40 PM   #10
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So you just drilled into the underside of the burner? Any issues with gas/air leaking around the screw?
Drilled tapped and pipe doped. I can't imagine it leaking enough to do anything even if it did leak.



 
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