I am getting supplies to make my CFC tomorrow or Friday. So, what size copper tubing do I get. 3/8 ID or is it 3/8 OD? I am planning on getting a 5/8 Garden Hose.
+100 on this. Make two, and sell the other for about $50. If you can sell it, you can build your chiller for about $25-35 bucks. That's less than most 25' immersion chillers...and it will chill faster! Can't say enough good stuff about the CFC. Add a pump and it's pure brewing heaven. :rockin:If you can wait, get your copper online! CopperTubingSales.com :: ICS Indsutries ::. You need 3/8" OD.
It's $26 for 50ft of the refrigeration coil copper you need
You can make two CFC's with that length and the 50ft of RUBBER garden hose.
Beau, any place you can recycle aluminum cans will pay you for it. Since it's pretty pure and obvious what happened, you shouldn't get any guff. Just don't expect as much as you may have paid.
copper at the scrapyard is bought by the pound and grade. This is new light tubing, so my suggestion would be to try to accomplish what you started and build your IC. Do you know how to solder? Friend that is handy? That would probably be your best bet, rather than taking a loss on the copper..i dont expect the 28 i paid if i can get 10 im a happy brewer
I really don't think it is. Just have to go slow and with steady pressure to bend it. Also never straighten the coil it comes in. The copper is annealed and once you start bending or straightening the copper it will get stiff.The 3/8 must be harder to work with than the 1/2 I had no issues with kinking.
I'd call the scrap dealers around you they get copper coils all the time.
how tight are you trying to get the coil? the spring should slide off even at a 90° bend. Also dont pull on the spring think of it like those little toy Chinese handcuffs , you need to push it off or the spring shrinks and grabs the tubing.yeah i found that out the hard way, i straightened parts and that was dumb. i ordered the 50 ft im gonna keep it in a coil and go SLOW and make the coil smaller i also got a 3/8 spring tubing bender but i tried it on my old one and once i made a bend it was like impossible to pull the dumb coil off it got stuck... idk how thats gonna work out. thanks for the offer springer, if we were closer id def would of trusted it to someone else!