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Gas V's Electric

Postby brisvalleymoonshiner » Fri May 29, 2015 11:36 am

I'm in the VERY SLOW process of getting my 1st keg built and after a long search of forums, pictures ect on the best way to build it i would like to ask the ? of the gas V's electric pros and cons
just would like a few opinions from current users
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Re: Gas V's Electric

Postby the Doctor » Fri May 29, 2015 12:21 pm

If only doing a keg sized boiler I would go electricity for convenience and safety.
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Re: Gas V's Electric

Postby JayD » Fri May 29, 2015 12:45 pm

I agree with the Doctor although I use gas because the cost of electricity here in Tas it is very expensive..both can be used safely...when you use gas I recommend you have fire extinguisher near your boiler...matter of fact I feel you should have one regardless of what heating source you use. :obscene-drinkingcheers: The main thing is you being vigilant with your safety while operating a distillation unit.
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Re: Gas V's Electric

Postby brisvalleymoonshiner » Fri May 29, 2015 4:29 pm

ok guys what size elements do i go for it will be hooked up to a jay d 4" 4 plate
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Re: Gas V's Electric

Postby Maheel » Fri May 29, 2015 6:01 pm

i would either get a 2" triclover ferrule welded on or a 1" SS threaded bush that you can screw / fit a electric element into
ferrule then needs a 1" threaded bus end plate etc...

even better would be to weld 2 in for upgrades if your welder / welding costs is free etc
plug one to needed

then you can run a 2400W element to begin and upgrade easily to 3600 (15amp) etc
also start thinkong about power controllers if your getting serious...

if you have the 4 plater so you already have invested so the above should be "on the list"... i reckon
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Re: Gas V's Electric

Postby brisvalleymoonshiner » Sat May 30, 2015 10:18 am

Appreciate the knowledge fellas
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Re: Gas V's Electric

Postby Maheel » Sat May 30, 2015 11:24 am

also weld a drain in the bottom...

or flip over the keg, weld in a X" size ferrule for your still and use the original entry hole as the drain.

so many options it's a bit mind bending...
you gotta chose electric or gas 1st but... then build to suit.

or later get another keg and build for the other option... lol :)
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Re: Gas V's Electric

Postby JayD » Sat May 30, 2015 1:07 pm

or future proof you boiler by having ferrules welded in for elements...ours has two and we use gas as I said before... :handgestures-thumbupright:
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Re: Gas V's Electric

Postby brisvalleymoonshiner » Sun May 31, 2015 12:35 pm

appreciate all the input looks like a few extra things need to be purchased :obscene-drinkingcheers:
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Re: Gas V's Electric

Postby brisvalleymoonshiner » Wed Jun 10, 2015 1:32 pm

ok fellas so looking into what size element i could use i guess i need to see what the shed can handle now i'm no electrical guru so here is a pic of the main power board with the breaker for the shed
any help would be good
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Re: Gas V's Electric

Postby JayD » Wed Jun 10, 2015 1:38 pm

The circuits on a house are 10 amp 2400 watts per loop on the power outlets, so the maximum wattage on a single circuit would be 2400 watts...so if you have other equipment running on the same circuit you are overloading it. I am no electrician, so you need professional advice beyond here. :handgestures-thumbupright: Better to have a heavier amperage circuit to run your elements.
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Re: Gas V's Electric

Postby brisvalleymoonshiner » Wed Jun 10, 2015 1:41 pm

cheers j
so it would look like i would need to upgrade the shed's electrical wiring before i get the elements or run on gas may be the cheaper option
do you use much gas through a run ??
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Re: Gas V's Electric

Postby JayD » Wed Jun 10, 2015 1:49 pm

I buy my lpg bulk so I get a very good deal...Get a quote on both running a heavier circuit to the shed/ cost of burner, high pressure reg and gas as there might not be much difference between setup cost?? gas is around $250 to $300 to get a good unit including lpg...to run a new circuit guestimate $300 to $400 plus elements...I only use gas because of the cost of electricity down here.
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Re: Gas V's Electric

Postby brisvalleymoonshiner » Wed Jun 10, 2015 1:52 pm

yeah i remember you saying that fuck its not an easy decision glad im doing all this research before i rush out
ive seen those 4 ring burners on fleabay for about $140 with the stand so im guessing they won't cut it ??
time to get some quotes
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Re: Gas V's Electric

Postby JayD » Wed Jun 10, 2015 1:59 pm

A four ring burner from fleabay is what I use, it will run a 50ltr boiler no dramas...they come with a stock regulator which is sufficient, the old 50ltr kegs used to fit on the supports on the burner... the smaller 50ltr kegs of today,you might need a stand for it now??
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Re: Gas V's Electric

Postby brisvalleymoonshiner » Wed Jun 10, 2015 2:03 pm

:handgestures-thumbupright: cheers ill get quotes and weigh up the options
thanks again
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