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Old 11-19-2008, 08:26 PM   #1
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I found a great deal on some steel tubing, however I wasn't sure if 16 gauge steel would be strong enough for a brew stand. I'm assuming its not, however I thought I'd ask anyhow... The other issue is that its only 1"x1" box tubing, which seems like it would be too small...
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Old 11-19-2008, 09:49 PM   #2
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FWIW, I used 2"x2" 16 ga tubing on my single tier, and I think it was WAY overkill. Once it was welded up, I could stand on it, jump up and down, and do whatever I wanted and it wouldn't budge a bit. This was the same standing on the individual kettle support bars along the top too, not just distributing my weight evenly across the whole thing. I'm about 195 lbs, and it just laughed at me. I'm no expert, and I'm sure others will chime in, but I would have no qualms at all about using 1"x1" 16 ga to build another one.
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Old 11-19-2008, 11:59 PM   #3
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Quick rough number. Say you build your single level stand as 3 side by side 2 foot square cells, with vertical supports at the corner of each cell. With the 1X1 16 ga steel tube, with Dustin_J (195 lb) standing in the middle of a tube, it will sag less than 1/16 inch. Beefy enough? I would say so.
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Old 11-20-2008, 12:33 AM   #4
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the price is too good to be true... 21 dollars per 24 foot section...
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Old 11-20-2008, 01:00 AM   #5
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Quick rough number. Say you build your single level stand as 3 side by side 2 foot square cells, with vertical supports at the corner of each cell. With the 1X1 16 ga steel tube, with Dustin_J (195 lb) standing in the middle of a tube, it will sag less than 1/16 inch. Beefy enough? I would say so.
YUP.
I have what amounts to a burner stand made of 1/2" 16 ga as you've described, 18" x 18" uprights at the corners, expanded steel in the middle....it holds my 300+ pound ass off the ground.
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Old 11-20-2008, 01:36 AM   #6
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You can always figure out a way to "Beef" it up if it isn't strong enough. Gussets, Straps.

 
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Old 11-20-2008, 02:02 AM   #7
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There is no doubt that it is heavy enough. I do fabrication for a living and it is what I'm building my structure from this weekend. My trucks have racks made of 1 x 1 x 10 guage and I've had 2000# on them. Welded together, No doubt!

 
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Old 11-20-2008, 02:20 AM   #8
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Jeez, at that price I'd order extra and build other random stuff as well. Cages for the kids, new bedroom furniture for the dogs, maybe even somethin' special for the missus.

 
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Old 11-20-2008, 03:24 AM   #9
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I'm going to use 1"x1"'.25" angle for mine. Plenty strong enough.
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Old 11-20-2008, 04:10 AM   #10
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Sounds like I need to send this guy an email!!!!
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