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Slotted angle iron - would you do it again?

Postby Cabin Joe » Wed Oct 27, 2010 9:24 am

Thinking of building a sculpture out of slotted/perforated angle iron and know a few guys have done it.

Knowing what you know now, would you do it again? The ease of modification and not having welding skills/equipment are the big draws for me.
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Re: Slotted angle iron - would you do it again?

Postby keithster31 » Fri Oct 29, 2010 7:13 am

I always thought slotted angle was a bit too thin to hold up over time when you consider the heat,cooling cycle it will encounter over and over. That leads to metal fatigue and when you consider the weight of full kettles.... I don't trust it.

I think you would be better off using angle iron and drilling holes to bolt them together. I read someone was cutting up an old bed frame, great idea! As far as tools go, drill, handfull of drill bits (small for starter holes, big for bolt holes), sawzall or chop saw, angle grinder, level, measuring tape, couple wrenches, and few cans of high temp BBQ paint. You could make a sweet stand and it will last years. The cool thing about bolting, it's a lot easier to change you mind and make modifications as you go.

Post some pics of your build!
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Postby Brewtime » Fri Oct 29, 2010 7:27 am

I know several homebrewers who have used slotted angle iron and have had no issue with the integerty of the stand and they do 10 gallon batches
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Re: Slotted angle iron - would you do it again?

Postby Cabin Joe » Fri Oct 29, 2010 9:08 am

I'm probably going to go a little overkill on the structure to deal with heat/weight so not too worried about fatigue. The ability to replace pieces if they start to rust or bend is attractive. +1 on the high temp paint, at least on the areas around the burners.
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Postby keithster31 » Sun Oct 31, 2010 8:44 am

Good to hear on their longevity. It probably goes without saying but the thicker gauge iron would probably be best.

So when is the build going to start? Do you already have an idea about the layout, burners, pump(s), and all that stuff? It's always interesting to see others visions.
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Re: Slotted angle iron - would you do it again?

Postby Cabin Joe » Mon Nov 01, 2010 7:21 pm

Vague ideas, but likely a single tier system due to a finished garage ceiling that is kind of low (maybe 8 feet). Was going to put the BK lower to gravity feed wort into it from the MT, but want to make sure the pump will move it to the fermenters. Will post pics, but don't hold your breath (newborn, 2 year old, work, life, etc., etc.)... :wink:
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Re: Slotted angle iron - would you do it again?

Postby Spaceman Spiff » Wed Jan 19, 2011 10:39 am

This is mine that I am currently building out of slotted angle iron.

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2 each 8968K26 1-1/2" X 1-1/2", 6’ length
6 each 4664T65 2-1/4" X 1-1/2", 6’ length
16 each 4664T22 Steel Corner Plate, 6"x 6"
2 pack 4664T61 Bolts W/nuts & Washers

The Dimensions are 52" long, 16.5" deep, and 21" tall (25" w/casters). Each square for the kettles is right around 12-1/4" square.
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Re: Slotted angle iron - would you do it again?

Postby Chopper » Wed Jan 19, 2011 10:55 am

Looks nice! A big boy erector set - I love it.

How are you planning to mount the burners?
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Re: Slotted angle iron - would you do it again?

Postby Spaceman Spiff » Wed Jan 19, 2011 11:10 am

I would like to hard plumb them with black iron pipe, but i think it might be a bit to wobbly. I will probably just run a support beam to screw the burner on and plumb some flexible lines to the ball/needle valve on the gas main.
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Postby Spaceman Spiff » Wed Jan 19, 2011 11:16 am

I am running a 6" ring burner from agrisupply.com by the way.
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Re: Slotted angle iron - would you do it again?

Postby zippymedic » Thu Feb 17, 2011 3:32 pm

Looks great pint, what gauge steel did you use, Lowes has 12 and 16 gauge, I want to use the 16 gauge with support brackets for cost. Thanks,
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Re: Slotted angle iron - would you do it again?

Postby Cabin Joe » Fri Feb 18, 2011 5:24 am

Spaceman,

How much did the materials run you and how did you cut the angle iron? I was planning on an angle grinder with a metal cut-off wheel.

Looks great - almost like stainless!

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Postby Monster Mash » Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:29 am

Cabin Joe wrote:Spaceman,

How much did the materials run you and how did you cut the angle iron? I was planning on an angle grinder with a metal cut-off wheel.

Looks great - almost like stainless!

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That will work fine, just buy a lot of cutting wheels....
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Slotted angle iron - would you do it again?

Postby FastDogBrewing » Fri Feb 18, 2011 11:05 am

One word ..... triangulation.

If you are worried about strength add in some triangles. Properly engineered you can build a very light very strong structure out of very thin material.
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Re: Slotted angle iron - would you do it again?

Postby zippymedic » Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:07 pm

Thanks Fast Dog, That was my plan, to go with the lighter steel, and use triangle supports on the base and throughout the structure, the 16 gauge is alot lighter.
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