building a Nixon-Stone in Oz
- View SourceGreetings,
A few days ago, Matt was asking for ideas on sourcing materials.
Don't go to hardware stores, go to where plumbers source their bits
and pieces from, look for plumbers work vehicles parked outside. You
may have to try a few suppliers for different fittings.
Most suppliers will not sell you a piece of copper pipe. They only
supply six meter lengths. A length of 3" will cost $200-300.
Try your local scrap metal recycler for 2" and 3". We got enough
straight pipe and some of the flexible tubing for the water coil for
about $20. Or make friends with a plumber. The recyclers also sell
kegs, $15 each.
The thin flexible pipe for the cooling water is also known as
Needle valves, ours came from BBQs Galore, $30 each. Or try
hydraulics hose shops. Don't forget to take the seat or needle bit
out while soldering in as it often has plastic/rubber component.
Make sure you use 8"of 3", rather than 6" as one diagram shows. Also
extend the 2" column, I think 1.2 metres is what we used as per
Don't forget you can browse through old posts on yahoo. There is a
wealth of info there.