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Mounting Elements

PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:40 pm
by GINKING
Hi All,

I have officially started my 50L keg boiler build.

The plan is to have a 4" column connection, 4" sight glass, 2x 2400W elements and a drain at the bottom.

I would like to know the best ferrule to weld to the keg to allow me to mount an 2400W element?

Any advise is greatly appreciated.

Cheers

GINKING

Re: Mounting Elements

PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:19 pm
by bluc
2" ferrules for elements :handgestures-thumbupleft: put bit angle on them and you can get 2 side by side..

Re: Mounting Elements

PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:08 am
by Andrew
If you purchase these : https://www.5stardistilling.com/product ... ent-guard/
They come with the 2” ferrule to weld on

Re: Mounting Elements

PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:22 am
by db1979
Are you going to use the current opening as your drain? (flip upside down)

Get your elements as low as practical.

Good luck :handgestures-thumbupleft:

Re: Mounting Elements

PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 9:18 pm
by GINKING
Andrew wrote:If you purchase these : https://www.5stardistilling.com/product ... ent-guard/
They come with the 2” ferrule to weld on


Thanks Andrew,
Do these have to be screwed in from the inside of the keg?

Re: Mounting Elements

PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 9:20 pm
by GINKING
db1979 wrote:Are you going to use the current opening as your drain? (flip upside down)

Get your elements as low as practical.

Good luck :handgestures-thumbupleft:


I won't be flipping upside down. I like having the handles on top.

I'll put legs on it to raise it a bit to make room for the drain.

Re: Mounting Elements

PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 9:35 pm
by Andrew
GINKING wrote:
Andrew wrote:If you purchase these : https://www.5stardistilling.com/product ... ent-guard/
They come with the 2” ferrule to weld on


Thanks Andrew,
Do these have to be screwed in from the inside of the keg?

No , you weld on the 2” ferrule and the element screws into the front part of the guard.
The element then becomes a “cartridge” style unit that simply clamps on and off.
If your close , call in and I’ll show you how they work or give us a call
Cheers

Re: Mounting Elements

PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 6:53 am
by GINKING
Thanks Andrew,

I might do that.

Also do you have any of the long 4” ferrules in stock?

Cheers,

Ginking

Re: Mounting Elements

PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:17 am
by Andrew
Sorry no, only the one size

Re: Mounting Elements

PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:32 am
by GINKING
Hi Andrew,

Is there anyway that long one can be ordered in?

Thanks

Re: Mounting Elements

PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2020 7:15 pm
by GINKING
So I have started drilling the holes in my keg. I have done 2 out of 5 holes and wow what an effort it is. :shock:

Good news is that the 2x 4" hole are finished and the 2x 2" and 1x 3/4" are remaining and shouldn't be as hard or take as long as the 4" holes.

Thanks of your help yesterday Andrew. You will be seeing more of me in the near future.

Some progress pics below.

If anyone was wondering which drill bits / hole saw bits to use, I used the "Kango Hole Shot carbide Teeth" from Bunnings (see pics below).
Just take it slow and use water to cool down the metal.

Re: Mounting Elements

PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2020 7:48 pm
by Andrew
You are welcome any time

Re: Mounting Elements

PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2020 8:12 pm
by PeterC
When I did my boiler, I just cut a rough hole with and angle grinder then got an expert to weld the ferrules on. I then ground out the inside with an air tool die grinder to make it all smooth and tidy. This made it relatively easy and meant there was no welding slag or rough surfaces inside the keg.
Cheers.

Re: Mounting Elements

PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2020 2:45 pm
by GINKING
Well I have drilled the last 3 holes. YAY!!! :happy-partydance:

Some pics below...

Is there anyone on the forum that would like to please help me out with the welding (in Brisbane) or know of anyone reasonable?

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Re: Mounting Elements

PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2020 8:53 pm
by db1979
I've always used this guy. Reasonable price, good welds.

Re: Mounting Elements

PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2020 9:19 pm
by GINKING
Thanks DB

Re: Mounting Elements

PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2020 6:14 pm
by scythe
Also for future drillers out there, mix water and metho 75:25 for a better coolant.
The heat is removed when the coolant evaporates.

Re: Mounting Elements

PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2020 8:24 pm
by db1979
scythe wrote:Also for future drillers out there, mix water and metho 75:25 for a better coolant.
The heat is removed when the coolant evaporates.

Good tip, thanks :handgestures-thumbupleft:

Re: Mounting Elements

PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:19 am
by Andrew
Try this place in Capalaba.
Talk to Errol, tell him I sent you :handgestures-thumbupleft:

Re: Mounting Elements

PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2020 8:15 pm
by GINKING
The welding is all done and leaks fixed up.. :happy-partydance:

Now need to soak in citric acid bath for a few days...