Friday, September 27, 2013

Brew Stand Construction, Part 2 - Propane and Propane Accessories

Sorry to leave you hanging on the construction progress, but the propane connections proved to be the most confusing aspect of the brew stand. After purchasing and returning several parts, I finally have everything connected now, and even fired the thing up without explosion.

Here are the remaining parts I used for the propane connections and what each connects to:
Finding the right propane hoses was the hardest part. The Banjo burners each come with a brass orifice that screws into the air shutter plate. This orifice requires a 3/8" female flare connection from the propane hose. However, most of the hoses I could actually find in stores were for a female pipe connection - not a tight seal. After going through a slew of adapters with minor propane leaks - and learning the difference between multiple connections - I opted to just return everything and buy the hoses from Amazon. Received them quickly, hooked them up, checked for leaks, and once I confirmed that I wasn't about to touch-off an explosion, fired the stand up. FLAME ON!

Everything worked like a charm.

A few future adaptations I may make to the stand:

Depending on how often I brew out in the open - as opposed to the garage with the door open - I may attach wind guards around each burned to help prevent the flame from being blown out and to help focus the heat on the kettle.

I will probably cover the top center of the stand with some sheet metal to act as a table top for utensils.

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