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    Guys,

    I came across a beer keg floating in Puget Sound today, and my friend insisted on grabbing it to make it into a beer cooking pot. First of all, could this thing really be stainless (how can I tell)? It looks like stainless but seems like aluminum would be way cheaper (Annheiser Bush), and it is hard to tell what it is made out of. Second, anyone ever make a cooking kettle out of one of these? Third, is there a better use it could be put to (like a grill?).

    Thanks!
    Chris

  • #2
    I want to say stainless steel just because of the fact they are used to store food products.
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    • #3
      Don't use it for anything food wise. Maybe you should send it to me for proper disposal. Just kidding. LOL My vote is for the grill. Check back a few pages and you will find someone who made a grill from a keg. Good luck with it.

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      • #4
        Yup, they're stainless. Can't you tell by the weight?

        I have three that I use for my homebrewing, one for water kettle, one for mash tun, one for the brewing kettle. I'm not sure about using one for a grill since they aren't very heat conductive.

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        • #5
          A quiet-running welding cooler!

          If it's a 15 gallon stainless steel keg, you might use it in the fabrication of a quiet-running, light-duty, torch or plasma cutter cooler. Weld an outlet on the bottom, mount it in a cradle and hook it up to a used carbonator pump. Filled with 14 gallons of distilled water, it will serve as an excellent welding cooler for intermittent, home shop use. I made this kind of a cooler out of a 16 gallon steel drum, the interior of which I coated with epoxy paint. After an hour of stop-and-go welding, the 14 gallons of water in it would be warm but would still provide adequate torch cooling. I stopped using this cooler because of a heavy growth of algae in this unit - perhaps due to use of tap water with an improper epoxy paint. My present Lincoln water cooler works well but I wish that I had a very quiet-running unit. Of course, a cooler containing 14 gallons of water would not be a portable one. If we were closer, I'd trade you some stainless steel and aluminum sheet for the keg.

          LarryL

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          • #6
            Kegs are made from both aluminum and stainless.
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            • #7
              Chris -- have you tried a magnet? While I know that a magnet is not 100% accurate because some stainless steels are nonmagnetic. But if it did stick, then you would know that it is not aluminum.

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              • #8
                You could take a grinder to a noncritical part. If it sparks, it's probably stainless. Aluminum doesn't glow when it gets hot, hence, no sparks.

                Asad

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                • #9
                  To tell you the truth, I'm a little embarrassed that I can't tell for certain if it is aluminum or stainless. But it IS heavy, and my guess is stainless. There are a few rust stains on it which are telling. Haven't tried the magnet...

                  Zrexxer -- I think you are right. I seem to recall that aluminum kegs are more bloated-looking than stainless ones. What do I know?

                  I think that end-use food may be transported in aluminum (e.g. beverage cans).

                  Liquidmantis -- yours sounds like the kind of setup my friend wants to put together. Any advice for him? I think he's starting with the kettle.

                  LarryL -- tempting. Might justify more tools.

                  Thanks, y'all.

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                  • #10
                    http://www.hobartwelders.com/mboard/...ad.php?t=14788
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                    • #11
                      http://www.shopfloortalk.com/forums/...ghlight=cooker


                      You may have to join to view the thread but it's a good forum to join anyway
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                      • #12
                        Thanks, Broc'

                        Nice links! And all I need is yet another forum to waste time on.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by 49degreesnorth
                          Thanks, Broc'

                          Nice links! And all I need is yet another forum to waste time on.
                          Call it research
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                          • #14
                            Take your pocket knife and try to carve a small piece from the keg. Aluminum is softer than stainless. Even the harder alloys.
                            Jim-bee

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by 49degreesnorth
                              Haven't tried the magnet...

                              Zrexxer -- I think you are right. I seem to recall that aluminum kegs are more bloated-looking than stainless ones.
                              The aluminum ones are often kind of barrel-shaped, so yeah, you could say bloated."

                              The magnet likely won't get you anywhere; food grade stainlesses are usually austenitic (300 series) and are nonmagnetic anyway.
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