Soldering? Copper Mash Tun Manifold

Soldering? Copper Mash Tun Manifold

Post by J Be » Sat, 22 Mar 1997 04:00:00

I'm currently in the process of putting together a copper mash tun
manifold to fit into a 10 gallon Gott cooler.  

The set up will follow Michael Hoyts "Gott Cooler Mash-Tun Manifold 2.0
(without vent pipe) instructions.  (ie, a few lengths of copper tubing
fitted to 3 copper T fittings to form a circle.  The circle lays in the
bottom of the cooler, blah, blah, blah).

Anyway, my question is:  Is it okay to use "plumbing solder" (lead free
silver...) to join the copper tubing and the T fittings.  What about the
flux??? Does it have to be used for the solder to adhere to the unions??
Is the flux harmful? Is the solder harmful? What do I do, just wash it
before use??

There are various warnings on both the solder and the flux that they are
harmful to the body, etc, etc.  So, I'm a little concerned... :)

I'm pretty sure this has been done before, as I've read a couple
articles on rims and 3 tier construction and it seems that people do lay
soldered copper fittings into a mash..

Any advice/info would GREATLY appreciated..



Soldering? Copper Mash Tun Manifold

Post by MKloepst » Sun, 23 Mar 1997 04:00:00

Greetings JB,
I personally wouldn't even bother with soldering the tubing. It's a lot
easier to clean if it can be quickly disassembled. If you're worried about
the tubing not staying together, just take your pliers and put a little
crimp in the joints. Hope this helps...

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