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Old 01-07-2014, 05:28 AM   #61
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Old 01-13-2014, 04:01 AM   #62
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Hey lpdjshaw...really nice build. I've been subbed to this thread for awhile and have finally decided I'm going to build my own. Everything is in my shopping cart but before I press "Order"...any changes you would recommend? I'm sure you've had opportunity to brew on this rig and just wondered if there's anything you'd do differently with the stand now that you've had a chance to use it.
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Sorry, just saw this, haven't been on in awhile. Anyways, probably the only thing I'd change would be to build it a little shorter (I can still shorten it though, just too lazy right now). I wasn't sure at the time whether I was going to go with 15 or 20 gal kettles so I went with the longer frame to accommodate wider kettles. I'm still planning on making a gas manifold and mounting that on the frame as well as mounting my water filter.


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Old 01-13-2014, 03:04 PM   #63
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the only thing I'd change would be to build it a little shorter

I would have to agree with this, especially if you are using keggles. I cut my strut to pretty much the exact same dimensions as lpdjshaw and even gave him credit in my thread. But I thought it was a little to high. Then my wife wondered out into the garage when I was mocking up the stand (after it was assembled with casters installed) and she could not see inside the keggles, now she is only like 5'4". I basically cut the legs down to a height where she could peak over the top and inspect the product with out being on her toes or step ladder. I think I eventually took about 4" off the height making my legs 20" instead of the 24". Yeah it was an extra cut and yeah the stand was already assembled but that's the great thing about strut, when you want to make a change you can!
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Old 01-13-2014, 10:39 PM   #64
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Thanks for the reply and input lpdjshaw and Daves69. My strut order shipped today so I haven't started the build yet. I'll definitely take your advice to go a little shorter. Having it too tall kinda defeats the purpose of single tier. I was thinking with casters installed that it may be a little tall. I'll be using boil kettles instead of keggles so they should be a little lower profile also. Thanks both for your input...I can't wait to get this build started. I'll be sure to snap some photos of the progress.
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This is beautiful. I had never even thought about building a stand with struts. When I get ready to build a stand, this may be the way I do it. Thanks OP!
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Old 01-19-2014, 06:56 PM   #66
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This is beautiful. I had never even thought about building a stand with struts. When I get ready to build a stand, this may be the way I do it. Thanks OP!
If you decide to go this router, check out this thread:

My Weldless Build With 1 5/8" Strut

That thread has information using non-solid strut, but it would be the same as this thread!
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Old 03-01-2014, 11:50 AM   #67
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Any downside to going super low? I'm thinking 16" off the ground. Enough to gravity feed the pumps but low enough so that I'm looking down into the kettles.

I love this design. Pretty sure this will be the way I go. Just don't see the benefit of height anymore than to be able to feed the pumps. Could I go lower than 16"?
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Any downside to going super low? I'm thinking 16" off the ground. Enough to gravity feed the pumps but low enough so that I'm looking down into the kettles.

I love this design. Pretty sure this will be the way I go. Just don't see the benefit of height anymore than to be able to feed the pumps. Could I go lower than 16"?

Your going to be doing allot of bending over at 16" to the bottom of your kettles. My stand is 29.5" to the bottom of my keggles and it's that height because my wife is 5'2" and she wanted to be able to see inside the converted sankey keggle. She can see down them so unless your very little and I am not being mean but 16" sounds way low.


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Your going to be doing allot of bending over at 16" to the bottom of your kettles. My stand is 29.5" to the bottom of my keggles and it's that height because my wife is 5'2" and she wanted to be able to see inside the converted sankey keggle. She can see down them so unless your very little and I am not being mean but 16" sounds way low.


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I have you beat in the short wife dept but I doubt my wife cares if she can see into the kettles. lol

Guess I won't go as low as 16" but maybe around 26", I'll get a tape measure out and compare to other stuff before I commit to anything.

My kettle currently sits on a KAB4 and that thing isn't too far off the ground, not too much of an issue. I have a 20G Blichmann and it's 20" tall.
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Just got mine built. BG14s go on this weekend. Was an easy 3 hour cut and build.


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