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finally got around to using some left over copper

Postby project » Mon Mar 14, 2016 9:17 pm

I had some copper pipe laying around from previous builds and finally got around to doing something with it. With all the rain we have been getting it kept me inside so I got to work on a 4" 8 plate. I did it fast and on the cheap using what i had. The only thing I had to buy were some copper caps from Lowes. I used some 3" pipe to make the bubble plates and the plates for the dephlag and condenser. The 4" was too thick for the stainless ferrule so i just hammered out some easy flanges. All in all I have the better part of 3 days in it so far. All I have left to do is pressure test the dephlag and condenser and I can start on the boiler. Ive never built an 8 plate in such a small diameter so Im not sure how its going to run .
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Re: finally got around to using some left over copper

Postby project » Mon Mar 14, 2016 9:19 pm

a few more pics
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Re: finally got around to using some left over copper

Postby project » Mon Mar 14, 2016 9:24 pm

last one
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Re: finally got around to using some left over copper

Postby just sayin' » Mon Mar 14, 2016 10:37 pm

I am smitten! Copper porn extraordinaire! I am confused, you mean I didn't have to pay to see that beauty?
All jokes a side, beautiful just beautiful! Thank you for sharing! Spiked my blood pressure as only a very comely redhead could do forty or fifty years ago!
Is it sick to be that much attached to copper?
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Re: finally got around to using some left over copper

Postby Tracker » Mon Mar 14, 2016 11:00 pm

A true craftsman indeed. :8)


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Re: finally got around to using some left over copper

Postby Swedish Pride » Tue Mar 15, 2016 4:51 am

holy shite!!

love the appraoach, just some Scrap i had about that I threw together....

you know a lot of folks would pay good money for that scrap..

Superb work.
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Re: finally got around to using some left over copper

Postby project » Tue Mar 15, 2016 5:24 am

Thanks for the compliments. it's a really cheap build being that I'm just using leftovers from other builds or cheap copper I picked up here and there. Hopefully I can get the rest done in the next couple of days before I run out of time.
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Re: finally got around to using some left over copper

Postby Swede » Tue Mar 15, 2016 6:00 pm

Nicely done, that will be a thing of beauty!
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Re: finally got around to using some left over copper

Postby just sayin' » Wed Mar 16, 2016 5:45 pm

Cheap copper! Is that an oxymoron? Great stuff, we need more pictures,,,
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Re: finally got around to using some left over copper

Postby project » Wed Mar 16, 2016 5:53 pm

this is the last one I have. I thought I had enough fittings to build the boiler but I cant find them. I have them ordered from ebay along with all the gaskets. Looks like its going to get stuck in the corner for now until I get more time to work on it. Other that the controller it should only take a day or so to finish it up.
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Re: finally got around to using some left over copper

Postby S-Cackalacky » Wed Mar 16, 2016 8:37 pm

Damn, my leftovers are a few short pieces of 1/2", 3/4", and 1" copper pipe and some odds and ends fittings. I feel emasculated.
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Re: finally got around to using some left over copper

Postby project » Wed Mar 16, 2016 8:55 pm

S-Cackalacky wrote:Damn, my leftovers are a few short pieces of 1/2", 3/4", and 1" copper pipe and some odds and ends fittings. I feel emasculated.

I run across pipe pretty cheap from time to time and when I do I jump on it and get all I can. The pipe for this column was beat up and bought for making disks and this is what I had left. I can get smaller pipe cheaper than the same thickness in sheet. Its seems kinda strange but anytime I build a column over 4" diameter, which isnt very often, I use sheet and form it around a mandrel using copper rivets on the seam in the back. I know the rivets arent really common place in what we do but I like the look of it . It kinda adds an old school hand built look too it.
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Re: finally got around to using some left over copper

Postby project » Thu Apr 21, 2016 4:22 pm

I got a couple of days off so I jumped on the boiler. Instead of starting from scratch I cheated and used my crawfish pot. Going to run 2 5500w elements during startup and drop back to 1 once up to temp. Still have to pressure test everything, wire up the controller and build a cabinet to hold it all. Also has 1" mpt drain on the bottom.
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Re: finally got around to using some left over copper

Postby just sayin' » Thu Apr 21, 2016 5:37 pm

Project,
Thanks for the fix! Pretty, very pretty! Now we will all have to wait to see how she runs!
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Re: finally got around to using some left over copper

Postby Mud » Thu Apr 21, 2016 5:43 pm

How big is that crawfish pot? 20 gallons or so? Looks sharp.
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