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Old 07-24-2008, 10:14 PM   #1
Jan 2008
Boerne, TX
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So I am contemplating buying new pots for AG brewing (HLT and BK). I found some that are normally used for turkey fryers. they are SS and the 36 Qt. pot is $70. ( my worry is that the pot's wall is too thin/weak when a bulkhead and ball valve combo is added to it.
will the forces applied to the ball valve to open and close it cause the weldless bulkhead to leak?
anybody have experience with converted turkey fryer pots?

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Old 07-24-2008, 10:36 PM   #2
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You could use one of thse just fine, I'd recommend shopping around though. You could get a larger aluminum pot for a lot less. I'll try to find some links for you that have some better prices.
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Old 07-24-2008, 11:20 PM   #3
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36 quarts is marginal for AG. I have a pot like that. When I drilled the hole for the spigot, it warped. Had a heck of a time getting a good seal. I have a 60 qt. aluminum pot now and the old one is now a HLT.
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Old 07-25-2008, 05:32 AM   #4
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Have you tried looking for a keg?
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Old 07-25-2008, 12:20 PM   #5
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You can buy the same thing here for a lot less.

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Old 07-25-2008, 12:34 PM   #6
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Research restaraunt supply places in your area. Generally their prices are pretty good (better than a LHBS) and you could easily come out ahead after shipping.

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Old 07-25-2008, 04:00 PM   #7
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Look for a restaraunt supply that deals in primarily used stuff . They always have dented/bent stuff cheap
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Old 07-25-2008, 07:30 PM   #8
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how about ?

Even better see this thread:

Reason: better deal

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