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Old 06-15-2008, 05:35 PM   #21
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I've been wondering if header tape would work. You know, the mesh type tape you put on engine exhaust headers. I have a couple of friends that have it on their motorcyle pipes and it seems to be something that could be used for this application (plus looks cool). To apply you just soak it and wrap it then let dry. Like I said, I was wondering if it might work, I have not tried it. Any thoughts?


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Old 06-15-2008, 09:26 PM   #22
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I use the foil bubble wrap and direct fire my mash tun and have had no problems. It has helped to stablize my mash temperatures greatly.


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Old 06-15-2008, 11:04 PM   #23
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Maybe something like THIS would work. The 2nd one down...

The question is, is that a closed cell material or will it become a soggy wet sponge if water was spilled or when it was washed?

Header tape will absorb water hence destroying any R rating your looking for besides that's the best header destroying item made for headers.

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Old 06-15-2008, 11:20 PM   #24
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Try to find some local Insualtion shop and deal through them Home Deport and other shops like that wouldn't help even if they had that stuff they would rip you off. If you are having trouble finding a shop call up Local 47 Heat and Frost Insualtors and they should point you in the right direction.
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I have had no problems with water with the foil wrap. I spray it down everytime. I used real ducting tape to put it on, the aluminum tape.
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Old 06-25-2008, 01:24 PM   #26
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I have had no problems with water with the foil wrap. I spray it down everytime. I used real ducting tape to put it on, the aluminum tape.
Well I tried this bubble and aluminum tape. It did not work. As soon as I fired up the tape started to let go from the heat. This was on the HLT I also tried the kettel. The kettle worked about the same when I was boiling water to run thru the CFC. But once I cranked to to get 15 gallons to a boil the bubble stuff went right into flame. I had to quickly pull it all off.

Looks like I need to come up with something else.
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Old 06-27-2008, 05:15 AM   #28
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A friend of mine uses an old wetsuit that he stretches over his HLT, after he heats it up to temp.


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