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Re: copper water heater

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  • jamesonbeam1
    Check the soldering.... Plumbers still used lead based solder up through 1986 till it was banned from use in the US. Lead in paint was banned from use in
    Message 1 of 41 , May 1, 2008
      Check the soldering.... Plumbers still used lead based solder up
      through 1986 till it was banned from use in the US. Lead in paint
      was banned from use in 1976. Depending on how old your copper water
      heater is, be careful.... Im sure if its a copper hot water heater
      in your ceiling - its as old as the house. Check it out.

      The others here will tell you more.

      Vino es Veritas,
      Jim.

      --- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, justin webster <mail@...> wrote:
      >
      > 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.
      >
      > cheers guys/gals,
      > justin
      >
    • phenol90
      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. Cheers, J.
      Message 41 of 41 , Aug 6, 2009
        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.

        Cheers,

        J.

        --- 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).
        > cheers,
        > justin
        >
        > 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____
        > >
        > >
        > >
        >
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