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Offline dano14041

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No weld fittings
« on: November 01, 2010, 04:22:00 PM »
Will y'all give me your opinions (good or bad) with the no weld fittings? I have a 5 gal SS pot that I use for a HLT and would like to add a valve and/or a thermometer, but I think the pot is too thin to weld.

It is this pot: http://www.midwestsupplies.com/polarware-economy-stainless-steel-brewing-pot-5-gallon.html

Thank you!
Dano
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Offline dcbc

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Re: No weld fittings
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2010, 04:48:29 PM »
They work fine.  I have always had mine on my kettles predrilled though.  If you have a local welder, you might want to take the kettle to him and see what he says about the cost of drilling and adding a 1/2 female NPT fitting to it.  I had that done to a kettle and it only ran me $20.
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Offline wingnut

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Re: No weld fittings
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2010, 04:55:26 PM »
I have one from Northern Brewer on my aluminum kettle. Two years so far and no issues.   I did purchase a replacement O-ring the last time I was in St Paul, however, just in case the O-ring eventually degrades with the heat.

I bought a step drill and made the hole myself, and I would do it again in a heart beat!

I can say putting the spigot on the kettle made transfering a ton easier!  I would not have a kettle without one now that I know how easy it was to install and how well it works.
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Re: No weld fittings
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2010, 06:36:03 PM »
I have one from Northern Brewer on my aluminum kettle. Two years so far and no issues.   I did purchase a replacement O-ring the last time I was in St Paul, however, just in case the O-ring eventually degrades with the heat.

I bought a step drill and made the hole myself, and I would do it again in a heart beat!

I can say putting the spigot on the kettle made transfering a ton easier!  I would not have a kettle without one now that I know how easy it was to install and how well it works.


My experience also.

Mine's not two years but works fantastic with out a drop leaked. I added a o-ring to the inside because I was getting bi-metallic corrosion. The step drill was expensive but worked like a charm.

Wish I hadn't waited so long. :)
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