30qt Stock Pot...a way to clamp the lid down?

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30qt Stock Pot...a way to clamp the lid down?

Post by diskmaster23 » Fri Jul 08, 2005 1:57 pm

I have recently bought a 30qt stockpot and I am trying to figure out how to clamp down the lid to make a seal, but I cannot seem to think of a solution.

Anybody have an idea?

Thanks in advance.

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Post by Guest » Fri Jul 08, 2005 2:24 pm

make a cork gasket,and use about a dozen of those black paper clamps that you can get at staples or office max.

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Post by Yttrium » Fri Jul 08, 2005 2:26 pm

Some solutions

1. A place a metal bar(s) across the top, using screws etc, tighten down the bar to the handles of the stock pot.

2. Use a bunch of small clamps around the lip of the stock pot to secure the lid.
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Post by diskmaster23 » Fri Jul 08, 2005 2:30 pm

Actually the metal bar might work.

I got one of those stock pots where there is no easy way to use those things from staples.

But I think that metal bar might work or something else of that sort.

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Post by Guest » Fri Jul 08, 2005 2:32 pm

just putting weight on it will work fine too.

A couple bricks on each side will work

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Post by diskmaster23 » Fri Jul 08, 2005 2:36 pm

Where would I be able to find something that would work as a metal bar?

Anything at home depot or lowes that would suffice?

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Post by Brett » Fri Jul 08, 2005 2:57 pm

all depends on your stockpot but i looked at the one at home and i figured on using some large springs (like they use for break shoes) one end hooked to the handle and the other seated in the indent all the way around the lid.

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Post by diskmaster23 » Fri Jul 08, 2005 3:09 pm

That's the problem. I don't have a indent or a lip.

I bought this pot http://www.instawares.com/Aluminum-Stoc ... CR.0.7.htm

as you can see I it doesn't have a lip.

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Post by Yttrium » Fri Jul 08, 2005 4:05 pm

Well....now that I see the stockpot you have, a heavy weight is probably your best way to go. In my experience, aluminium tends to corrode during distillation, so you'll eventually want to replace your boiler with a stainless steel stockpot.
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Post by Guest » Fri Jul 08, 2005 4:35 pm

I agree about the corrosion thing. It is easy to slow the corosion down....make sure you rinse the boiler and lid with clean water....and make sure it is COMPLETELY DRY before storage....the smallest amount of leftover moisture will cause pitting. DO NOT store it with the lid on it either. Keep it free of salts. Do NOT use vinegar to clean it.

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Post by Blueraven » Fri Jul 08, 2005 5:20 pm

Make a mixture of flour and water, real pasty, and past all over where the lid hits the pot. Make it think. then put 2 cobbles(5-6" diam or so) on each side of the lid handle..there you go..

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Post by diskmaster23 » Fri Jul 08, 2005 6:13 pm

I just tried to braze a brass fitting and a copper reducer and ended up fucking the whole thing up. I figured out that I bought the wrong kind of braze rod (the bronze rod). When I should have bought the silver nickel one.
DOH!

Also I made a hole saw cut too big for the copper male adapter(2"). So I will need to buy a flange and then braze it right this time. I just hope the flange will hold the 2" copper adapter.

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Post by rectifier » Mon Jul 11, 2005 4:59 pm

You might want to do something like I did to keep the lid of my 'unsealable pot' on:

Yeah, it's overkill. But only took 30 minutes to make and will NEVER come off :D The heads of the carriage bolts catch under the lip of the pot, clamping it on good and solid. There's also a bead of aquarium sealant around the lip of the pot.

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I have since replaced those proof-of-concept bolts with nice, short ones.

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Post by Blueraven » Mon Jul 11, 2005 6:57 pm

Got to:

http://photobucket.com/albums/b79/Rocke ... Still1.jpg" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow

and

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i just use flour paste and 2 rocks..works for me..

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Post by rectifier » Mon Jul 11, 2005 8:17 pm

Damn, blueraven, I'm jealous of your pot... I should'a spent the extra 5 bucks to get one with a nice lip like that :oops:

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Post by Blueraven » Tue Jul 12, 2005 9:25 am

Well remember what Red Green says:

"If the women dont find ya handsome, they better find ya handy" <G>

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Post by Guest » Tue Jul 12, 2005 1:29 pm

Hey Blueraven,
What kind of connecting device did you use for your bucket? Like the black piece right before it hits your glass?

I like the pot stills, but to tell you the truth...my still is like tall...like 4 to 5 feet tall before it starts to roll off...Will that cause alot of reflux?

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Post by Guest » Tue Jul 12, 2005 1:32 pm

Crap...I posted without logging in again.

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Post by diskmaster23 » Tue Jul 12, 2005 1:33 pm

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Post by Blueraven » Tue Jul 12, 2005 3:37 pm

I went to ace hardware, i tokk the bucket and the 1/2 Cu worm, and the guy fnd a black fitting with 2 nice rubber seals on each side. inserted it in hole in bucket and screw together. it also accepts brass screw in fittings from each side( female)..the inside is a 90 brass with compression fitting to accept the 1/2" Cu worm. the outside of the bucket show a brass nipple..therer i can connect a smaller pipe for the distillate to drip form.

its kinda like a faucet shank but hard plastic..

good Ruck

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Post by Blueraven » Tue Jul 12, 2005 3:40 pm

Guest,

IM building a reflux now..I really dont know too much abt the operation of them until i use it awhile..so i cant answer that question

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