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Fester's Easy Flange

Postby Fester » Wed Nov 03, 2010 11:51 pm

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These are heavy duty flanges to attach 2 inch copper pipe (2-1/8" OD) to your sanke keg.
Each weigh about 1/2 kilo. Some of you may remember my post on HD in the Easy Flange thread.
Each started life as a cast copper donut shape and then machined to specs. The profile of the flare part of the flange is exactly like that of a standard 2" SS sanke flange because I simply copied it. Your pipe will bottom out against a shoulder about 3/4 of an inch below the top surface giving you good support for your column.
The metal is 99% copper and 1% tin. This was necessary because casting pure copper led to brittle and porous castings that caused too many rejects after machining.
The grove for the gasket is exactly like that found on the SS sanke flange. Again I just copied it.

I am living in China now so I can ship world wide, I assume. I have about 100 of these ready and the cost is $27 USD each plus shipping. I'll be taking a 2 week vacation in Hong Kong next week so it will be about 3 weeks or so before i can ship these to you. I can accept PayPal and I don't know the cost of shipping. After I sell a few I'll have a better idea about that.

I have other ideas in the works but no progress yet on actual finished product. The next project will be a spun metal reducer that will fit the flange. Sort of an instant pot still for the sanke keg. Or maybe a lyne arm?

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Re: Fester's Easy Flange

Postby punkin » Thu Nov 04, 2010 12:27 am

Nice. I gather the pipe fits INSIDE the flange?
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Re: Fester's Easy Flange

Postby Fester » Thu Nov 04, 2010 1:07 am

punkin wrote:.... the pipe fits INSIDE the flange?


Yes Punkin. Its the strongest way. I tried to pattern it after any true copper fitting. But the wall thickness is a little thicker than a standard forged fitting.

The Outside Diameter of copper pipe stays the same accross the different schedules, or wall thicknessess, of the pipe. I don't think this fitting will work with DWV (thin walled Drain Waste and Vent) type pipe. I only know USA copper pipe so it may be different to you metric folks.
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Re: Fester's Easy Flange

Postby Aces High » Thu Nov 04, 2010 2:56 am

Welcome back Fester, i thought we'd lost you and then you come back bearing gifts.

They look really good
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Re: Fester's Easy Flange

Postby Fester » Thu Nov 04, 2010 4:03 am

Thanks Aces High,

I've been busy relaxing for a while but now its time to have a vacation.

This relaxing all the time is more work than I thought it would be.

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Re: Fester's Easy Flange

Postby minime » Thu Nov 04, 2010 7:28 am

Wish you had 3" available. :(

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Re: Fester's Easy Flange

Postby Fester » Thu Nov 04, 2010 8:54 am

Hi Mr. Me, its great to see you again,

I had a long talk with myself about producing different sizes. 1/2" - 4". But for now I've standardized on 2". Gots some ideas for an inline bubbler plate section, an onion ball and some other goodies and I want all of the pieces to play well together. Its slow going to add a product and I'm sure to be asking you folks' opinion before I commit the money to producing them.

Personally, I'd love to have a few 1/2 inchers to connect my condenser without needing to use a wrench. Tri clover fittings are so cool I want to use them everywhere.

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Re: Fester's Easy Flange

Postby punkin » Thu Nov 04, 2010 1:13 pm

minime wrote:Wish you had 3" available. :(

Nice work!


How many do you want?

I owe you a favour, would be happy to source some stainless ones that fit 3"pipe in the id and ship em to you for the cost of it.

Send me a pm.
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Re: Fester's Easy Flange

Postby myles » Thu Nov 04, 2010 2:00 pm

minime wrote:Wish you had 3" available. :(

Nice work!


Have you seen these? Might need to modify them a bit to suit your tube size, but the 2" Type S version has the same inner diameter as the outer diameter of our metric equivalent tube - 54mm.

Link: http://www.athical.com/pdf/37-38.pdf
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Re: Fester's Easy Flange

Postby kiwi » Thu Nov 04, 2010 5:01 pm

An onion ball would be awsome fester. Very pretty flanges btw.
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Re: Fester's Easy Flange

Postby Rebel_Yell » Thu Nov 04, 2010 6:23 pm

Nicely done Fester. Good to see that you are around.
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Re: Fester's Easy Flange

Postby Fester » Thu Nov 04, 2010 7:22 pm

Thanks Kiwi and Rebbel_Yell,

My idea is to make an onion ball about 5 or 6 inches in diameter with Tri Clover fittings in the middle to open it up. Then it could also serve as a gin ball, perhaps. Also, the onion would modified to be an inline bubbler plate or small thumper. Lots of drawings but nothing in CAD yet.

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Re: Fester's Easy Flange

Postby kiwi » Thu Nov 04, 2010 7:33 pm

Hmm ok. I'd be wanting a bigger one personally. Something to go on a 4" pot column. Openable for using as a gin basket would be the mutt's nuts.
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Re: Fester's Easy Flange

Postby Harry » Thu Nov 04, 2010 7:36 pm

2 x S/S bowls & a drum head clamp will get you there Kiwi.
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Re: Fester's Easy Flange

Postby kiwi » Thu Nov 04, 2010 7:49 pm

You're an ideas man harry. :D

But no, I want something copper, I want the ball at the bottom of a tall column a la Glenmorangie. And (being honest now) because it will be pretty.
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