How I cut holes in a SS pot

How I cut holes in a SS pot

Postby Technotrucker » Tue Feb 07, 2012 4:41 pm

Recently a number of guys have taken on the job of building their own boilers, so I thought I'd do my bit by a quick "how to cut a hole in SS"
After a little trawl around the internet I found these Q-max cutters.
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The "washer type bit" in the middle is the section it cuts out, no burrs or sharp edges finished job.

To start with I put a 5mm hole, then took this out to 10mm. This is the size of the bolt with the cutter.
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This photo shows the finished hole..
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This is with the tank connector fitted...I made a bottom drain for my setup.
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The last two's photo are a little fuzzy they show the larger Q-max cutter that I used for the elements just about to come through the side of the pot.
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On this one you can just see through the 2nd hole and see the first element fitted.
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ps..all most forgot the last photo..Image
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Postby madlen_lieb » Tue Feb 07, 2012 5:08 pm

hi,
looks good :)

and huge:P how many liters is this?
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Postby Technotrucker » Tue Feb 07, 2012 5:13 pm

madlen_lieb..

.I went all out for 100lts..all the space I'll ever need.
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Postby saracen » Tue Feb 07, 2012 5:34 pm

As I've always said, "If ya gunna have one...... have a BIGGUN!!"
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Postby grmski » Tue Feb 07, 2012 5:48 pm

Good one TT that looks a useful tool for the hole cutting job.
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Postby Technotrucker » Tue Feb 07, 2012 5:49 pm

When I started looking for a pot, I thought 50lts maybe 60lts, the difference in cost made me go for the 100lts
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Postby seamus48 » Tue Feb 07, 2012 6:02 pm

You could always dip sheep in it on the days you aren't brewing... :lol:
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Postby Technotrucker » Tue Feb 07, 2012 6:22 pm

Some of my early AG brews would have worked fine I tell ya Image
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Postby nath » Tue Feb 07, 2012 7:10 pm

Looks great!
Those qmax cutters can be quite expensive. I was looking for a 38mm one for kettle elements but were far too expensive for me, where did you get yours? I still yearn for a electric setup. My gas setup is ok, but electric is much cheaper
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Postby Technotrucker » Tue Feb 07, 2012 7:18 pm

Where are you in the the UK Nath?
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Postby nath » Tue Feb 07, 2012 7:28 pm

Salisbury matey.
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Postby Technotrucker » Tue Feb 07, 2012 7:39 pm

When the time comes that you need a Q-max let me know we may be able to help.

We could pop down on the bike and pop them in, or if you need them pronto if you pay the postage that's fine.
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Postby nath » Tue Feb 07, 2012 7:44 pm

Thats a mighty fine offer pal!
So did you use a qmax with the elements? If so what size did you use and how are you going to earth the post (or do you need to>?????)
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Postby Technotrucker » Tue Feb 07, 2012 8:04 pm

Yup..for both drian and elements..now don't quote me on this because I'm on a night out in the truck in London at the mo. I used a 20mm for the bottom drain, when you look for a 38mm Q-max I don't think they have one, so you have to use a imperial size, the size chart alternated between mm and imperial. so you finish up with one as near to 38mm. When I'm back home I will check out the size for you...I've never had any problems with my boiler. When I fitted my elements I did think that the hole size was a smig over, but they have never leaked.
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Postby nath » Tue Feb 07, 2012 8:37 pm

What about earthing the pot? Do you need to?
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Postby iceman » Tue Feb 07, 2012 8:54 pm

That's a fantastic pan no boil overs there.

where did you get such a big pan

When you get a min watch the video that I put a link to.

His set up must of cost £1000s
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Postby Technotrucker » Wed Feb 08, 2012 7:33 am

Nath....can't remember If I put an earth on when I wired up, it's about 18 months now.

I'll have a look when I'm next home.
Iceman..Your right..no boil overs, I got 2 of the 100lts pan off a guy who would make an order up off Nordic and then sell them on...at one time Nordic was on Ebay, but not seen these big pots on Ebay for a while now.

This vid you linked too, funny thing had a look yesterday afternoon...I have seen them before..there are a number of vids on Youtube some good, some not so.
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