Ok, so some of you may know I got an awesome buy off Craig's list a while back. Part of it is a three tier stand with three keggles. Really pretty cool.
Here's some pix: http://picasaweb.google.com/justin.cann/3Tier
Now I was trying to sell the stand alone for a while b/c I didn't really have anywhere to put it that wasn't outside and I've been brewing at a friends house and we already have a set up up there.
Anyway, so I convinced SWMBO to let me keep it, by giving it a nice home behind my shed, which, unfortunately is where it has to stay.
So my project goals are this:
1) Refinish the stand to prevent further rusting and in a way that can handle outside storage.
2) optimize the storage, perhaps by a cover or small roof for it to sit under.
3) Consider replacing the caster wheels with something that will allow me to move it by myself on my lawn. I'm thinking skids.
4) Eventually replace (read upgrade) some or all of the burners.
5) Replace hoses
6) Rebuild tank shelf
My questions then, by goal:
1) How should I refinish this. Sand? Wire brush? I have drills and an angle grinder, are there attachments for those that would help? Would sandblasting be possible/helpful? Because I know some people. How should I paint it? Is there paint that handles being on hot metal better?
2) I'm thinking of making some kind of fitted cover. I'm going to start by cutting a tarp up and duct taping it. Then I could get sunbrella scraps from boat types I know. Is either cover going to keep it from rusting more, or are they just going to trap moisture and make it worse?
3) I might be able to live with the caster wheels, but I think that having them on my lawn is ruining them anyway. I essentially am dragging the thing around on wheels that are barely rolling. I think I'll have to just get skids welded on instead? Any thoughts on how to go about this?
4) Replacing the burners. This is down the line, so I haven't though much about it. Don't think it'll be a huge project, but any advice is welcome.
5) Replace hoses: The black hoses as they are are cracked on the surface. I know I'm going to eventually replace the hoses, but should I even use them the way they are? How do I know if they're too far gone? I'm pretty sure they'll work, just not sure for how much longer.
6) Probably just going to go with plywood here. Any better ideas?
Anyway, I know that's a lot to read and ponder. So thanks if you got this far!