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Old 02-06-2008, 08:39 PM   #1
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Ok, so now that I'm a proud owner of a bear trap, I need to put a ball valve on it. I was originally thinking of going with morebeer's weldless bulkhead, but I'm also considering a DIY approach. Can I see some pics of what you guys did? I know some of you do brass & copper, others SS, and so on. I want to see some pics so I know what to expect... thanks people!
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Old 02-06-2008, 08:49 PM   #2
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Here's a pic inside my MLT that shows the bulkhead that I bought online. That squashed rubber washer has been replaced with a proper o-ring.

The others I have done are DIY and don't include the coupling. Instead a compression fitting attaches directly to the nipple coming through the keg wall. The only piece I haven't been able to find at the HW store are the red hi-temp o-rings.

Basically, what I did for the DIY is: valve|washer|o-ring|nipple through the wall|o-ring|washer|compression fitting|pickup tube. I don't have pics of those but does it make sense?

If you want to buy them ready-to-go for cheap, this is the place, although they're closed for a few more days. http://www.greatbargain.net/order/shop1.html

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Old 02-06-2008, 08:59 PM   #3
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Here's inside mine...

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Old 02-07-2008, 02:46 PM   #4
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Here is my MLT & Boil Keggle.






 
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Old 02-07-2008, 03:57 PM   #5
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Looks like you all collect from the center of the kettle. I take it you don't whirlpool? I was looking to do a DIY for the bulkhead but I'm having a really hard time finding the hi temp o rings at the local HD & Lowe's, I might have to order them online...
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Old 02-07-2008, 04:06 PM   #6
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I have bulk silicone o-rings from McMaster, if you PM me I will check part number and size tonight when I get home from work. Would gladly mail a set for a buck or two for postage.
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Old 02-07-2008, 04:44 PM   #7
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http://www.antiochsudsuckers.com/tom...ssfittings.htm
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Old 02-07-2008, 05:27 PM   #8
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DIY weld-in. Mine is 3/4", but 1/2" should be fine. I used a hole saw to drill it out of a busted RV water heater tank(all aluminum). My buddy stick welded it in for me. PM me if you need a 1/2" weld-in bulkhead.

 
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Old 02-07-2008, 06:37 PM   #9
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Nice guys, looking good. I'll have to check out some of those methods...
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Old 02-07-2008, 09:31 PM   #10
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I vote for nipples!
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