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Old 07-21-2008, 04:39 PM   #11
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That is very impressive. I knew there was a reason I bought that welder.


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Old 07-21-2008, 04:40 PM   #12
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Very nice! Great job!

How much do you have in it now?



 
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Old 07-21-2008, 05:12 PM   #13
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Really nice stand, cdburg. I'm going through your pics in detail. I'm on week 11. I wished I'd seen these pics before I started welding my own Brutus stand. It was my first welding project, and I didn't really know how to proceed. I could have used some of the insight and techniques I've learned from your pics.

What were the considerations in choosing to use high pressure burners for the BK and MLT, and low pressure for the HLT?

 
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Old 07-21-2008, 05:14 PM   #14
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Have you considered having it powdercoated? After some serious sanding and powdercoating, it should be super easy to wipe boilover mess from the stand with a damp cloth.

 
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Old 07-21-2008, 08:03 PM   #15
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The main reason for the low pressure burner on the HLT and the high pressure burners on the mash tun and boil kettle is the pilot burner used on the HLT. It's easier to mount the pilot burner in the middle of the "ring" in the low pressure burner. Since the other two burners aren't automated in any way, I went with the standard Bayou Classic cast iron, high pressure burners. I like those better anyway. They seem to be have a more concentrated flame that doesn't heat the frame as much. I've also read that they use less gas, though I'm not sure on that one. The set up is the same one used by B3 on their automated HLT models, so I also figured they know what they're doing.

Powder coating would be a great option, but then I wouldn't get to see the stainless.

When everything is all added up, I I spent close what it would have cost me to buy a pretty nice B3 1100. That includes the price of the welder though. I got features that B3 doesn't offer though (e.g. tippy dump, gas beam, grain chute). My step dad also got a welder out of the deal, which I'm sure he will enjoy.

I could have probably gone cheaper in a few areas (e.g. no stainless for the frame), but I hope to use this for years to come, so it was worth it. My kids had better brew too! This thing should outlast me pretty easily.


 
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Old 07-21-2008, 08:56 PM   #16
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Old 07-21-2008, 09:04 PM   #17
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Awesome build! That is one impressive system.

 
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Old 07-22-2008, 01:56 AM   #18
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Very Impressive. Explain the gas beam? Does it actually run in the frame?

 
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Old 07-22-2008, 03:57 AM   #20
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Yes. The propane runs through the lower stainless beam. I first saw the concept on Lonnie's Brutus 10, except he placed his in the back of the stand.

It works just like a normal gas pipe, but it makes it look a little slicker. However, it's also a bit more complicated than using normal pipe.

The beam works as follows:
  • We have a fitting on the bottom that accepts the propane regulator hose fitting. Propane enters here and fills the beam.
  • We welded 1/2" stainless full couplers to the beam. Getting those to seal with a gas tight fit was difficult, and took a few days of chasing pin-sized holes. We got it all sealed though, and it definitely holds pressure.
  • We then hard plumbed each burner line with iron pipe and ball valves.



 
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