Uncle Fat said:Mine's about the same way (converted kettle, fitting above the seam). I use a couple of pieces of copper pipe with an elbow to reach the bottom (no tilting). It's held on to the bulkhead with a compression nut and I haven't had a problem yet.
Would the same compression fittings fit on both inside and outside of the valve? I would need to use the same size copper pipe (3/8" OD) for outlet hose and the screen inside.Uncle Fat said:What's the volume of that pot?? it's definitely more of a curve than a sanke keg. If you're using a fitting with high temp o-rings, you might have a problem. Even with a keg, you have to tighten the fitting REALLY well to get the o-ring to seal. With a pot like that, I'd think the best way would be to get a couple of stainless pipe washers (one for inside, and one for outside), and bend them to conform to the curve of the pot. Then put the o-ring between the washer and pot.
Your sure-screen will work fine. Fit it over a piece of soft copper (refrigerator) pipe (you can find it in any hardware store), and use a compression fitting to connect the pipe to the valve fitting you're going to install (it's even easier than it sounds).
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