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Old 07-18-2011, 08:23 PM   #11
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I used a piece of galvanized around my burner and I burned some of the coating off. I was in front of the garage with the door wide open. No problems, but it's not as pretty as it was.

Would the black stovepipe sections be any better?

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The zinc burns really smoky, often with a greenish haze. You can't not notice it. And if it's hot enough to burn off... well it can only burn off once. So you're good to go now.

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My brew stand is made of aluminum, it supports the kettle, most aluminum looses it structure around 1000F, and this has supporteded 120lbs under intense heat for 2 hours at a time multiple times.

Based on that, I would think your windscreen would be fine. My aluminum can heatsink to other areas better, but it also has a lower melting temp, so I'd say it is even.

If anything reduce the height a little to let the hot gasses out, that will help the metal and probably wont hurt the windscreen performance.
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Originally Posted by BigKahuna View Post
and well...It won't kill you.
that is dangerously untrue. metal fume fever can certainly kill you. the risk depends on the amount you inhale, if the area is well ventalated, how much galvanizing there is, etc.

metal fume fever killed this guy...

that being said- i do use a section of 10" galavanized duct around my burners. my brew rig is outside in the open, so fumes wont collect anywhere. after the coating is burned off, it will stop producing fumes, so the first time you fire it up will be the most dangerous one. i turned the burners on full blast and left it alone for a good 15 minutes and made sure to stand upwind.

if you brew in a basement or somewhere indoors, i would definately not use anything galvanized.
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