copper water heater
- firstly, thanks to harry et al. for the info on yeast propogation.
I have a nice old 20gal copper hot water cylinder in my ceiling which
I'm thinking about putting to use as a still.
I need to take a couple of sheets of iron of the roof to get this
thing out so I want to be sure I'm not wasting my efforts.
the heating element was working when I de-commissioned it and it's
already well insulated which I s'pose will save me power.
I can't find any indication of the power output of the element but
since it trips out with a thermostat (at 180F) I'm guessing the unit
will be designed to get up to that temp as quickly as possible.
it also has a copper tub attached to the top which might make a nice
thumper or large moonshine style coil condenser. cool.
has anyone looked into using water heaters like this?
does anyone know if the joints would be brazed or soldered with a
lead containing alloy?
any guess at the usefulness of the existing element?
how can I measure it's power capacity?
I guess heating with a gas burner would increase the chance of
burning the mash right?
the only marking I can find states that it is 20 gallon (imperial I
guess) and was manufactured in Wellington, NZ in 1960.
- Hey Justin,
Did you ever get around to doing anything with that hot water copper tank of yours?
I'm thinking about a similar project.
--- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, justin webster <mail@...> wrote:
> thanks guys,
> sounds like it's worth a shot and a bit of fun too.
> I already have the gear to cut it open, strip it back and re-solder
> so it's probably do-able.
> I'll let you know what I find (when I get round to it).
> On 2/05/2008, at 10:01 PM, jamesonbeam1 wrote:
> > Good Point Billy,
> > But try almost 50 years old (this is 2008 right? :):).
> > Vino es Veritas,
> > Jim.
> > --- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, "billy.turf" <billy.turf@>
> > wrote:
> > >
> > > I wonder, If lead is sooo good a leaching, then wouldn't it already
> > > be pretty much all gone out of a 30yr old water heater? Everything
> > > you would add would be without lead of course, but just how much
> > > solder would be used in such an old heater? The amount of
> > leaching is
> > > going to be proportional to the amount of time that it sits in there
> > > too... that's not gonna be a long time.
> > ____snip____