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Old 03-11-2008, 09:45 PM   #1
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I recently took out 2 old bathroon heaters that ran off gas. Both heaters had 20ft of copper tubing connected that the gas ran through. Is it worth scrubing down to use as an simple wort chiller? Would there be a solution i ran run through the copper to clean the inside for a counterflow chiller? I'd love to be able to save some money and use these but in the 20+ years it's been in the attic, i'm not sure. Is cleaning the inside out of NG possible?

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Old 03-11-2008, 09:48 PM   #2
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What diameter is it? Is it soft tubing or rigid pipe?
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Old 03-11-2008, 09:50 PM   #3
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looks to be 1/4 and it's soft

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Old 03-11-2008, 10:28 PM   #4
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heck ya use it scrub it down if your just using it as an emersion chiller I would use it I got my copper from an old saw mill and who knows what it has been around or in, we cleaned it and away we go.I would run some sort of cleaner through it before you start soldering to it but youll be fine. At 1/4 " its a bit small but it will work.

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Old 03-12-2008, 12:41 AM   #5
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Beer line cleaner, followed by vinegar.
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Old 03-12-2008, 02:33 AM   #6
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If you're planning to make an immersion chiller it's the outside of the pipe you need to worry about since that's what's going to be touching your wort. Some steel wool and maybe vinegar should probably do the trick.
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Old 03-12-2008, 11:47 AM   #7
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worse comes to worse, you could always sell it for scrap
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Old 03-12-2008, 01:17 PM   #8
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Scrub off any crud and then soak it in a solution of vinegar, it'll look like new.

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Old 03-12-2008, 01:48 PM   #9
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copper is $4 a pound last I checked, if you don't trust it, it's still probably worth a bit of money.

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Old 03-12-2008, 02:14 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by z987k
copper is $4 a pound last I checked, if you don't trust it, it's still probably worth a bit of money.
I'm always a better safe than sorry person. Sell it for scrap and get some new clean copper.
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