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Joe
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Username: Joe002

Post Number: 30
Registered: 06-2003
Posted on Saturday, June 18, 2005 - 10:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have a 12.5 gallon pot on a propane burner (I use direct heat) that I use for my Mash Tun (http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/joe002beer/detail?.dir=/a31d&.dnm=4dd2.jpg). I was thinking about wrapping it with some insulation, but I haven’t seen anything that said it was fire retardant. I’ve seen that aluminum wrapped bubble wrap stuff, but wasn’t sure if it would melt/catch in fire when I turn on the burner. Maybe I just have to remove it when heating the mash? Any ideas?
 

Ric Heinz
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Username: Rheinz

Post Number: 250
Registered: 01-2004
Posted on Sunday, June 19, 2005 - 03:03 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I only know of one type of fireproof insulation, ceramic fiber blanket. Unbelievable stuff. Trade name - Kao-Wool (or some veriation of that. In my previous life, we marketed a similar product - Cerwool (Trade name). I'm sure that company still exists but the name may be different.

I would try searching on e-bay.
Ric
Flatfender Brewing, NW Houston
 

Ric Heinz
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Username: Rheinz

Post Number: 251
Registered: 01-2004
Posted on Sunday, June 19, 2005 - 03:05 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yes, there are sellers offering Kaowool on e-bay. Get you wallet out.
Ric
Flatfender Brewing, NW Houston
 

Joe
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Username: Joe002

Post Number: 31
Registered: 06-2003
Posted on Sunday, June 19, 2005 - 05:32 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks, looks like it can take the heat! Know of any skin/lung irritation issues with it?
 

Rob Beck
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Username: Robbeck

Post Number: 182
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Sunday, June 19, 2005 - 02:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

There are also several products that racers use to wrap exhaust parts to keep the heat out of the car. Don't know the product names, but a guy I know, who owns a race supply shop suggested it to me and is getting me some for my direct-fired mash tun.
 

Heath
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Username: Frizedo

Post Number: 193
Registered: 09-2004
Posted on Sunday, June 19, 2005 - 02:57 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Heres alittle info on Kaowool..

Long term higher than normal exposure has caused fibrosis, lung cancer and mesothalioma in labratory hamsters and rats.

Heath
 

Joe
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Username: Joe002

Post Number: 32
Registered: 06-2003
Posted on Sunday, June 19, 2005 - 08:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Rob - thanks, it's probably some of that silver wrap stuff at Lowe’s, but can take more heat. I'll search some parts stores.

Heath - hmmmm, not the healthiest material available.
 

robert rulmyr
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Username: Wacobob

Post Number: 599
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Monday, June 20, 2005 - 06:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I use the cheap bubble wrap stuff. I cover just the top 3/4 of the keg, keeps it away from the flame, works great!
 

Connie
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Username: Connie

Post Number: 418
Registered: 10-2000
Posted on Monday, June 20, 2005 - 06:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Heath, My Brother died of Mesothelioma asbestos lung cancer and I'm still at risk after so many years.
Thanks for finding that information It could save a life!
 

Joe
Junior Member
Username: Joe002

Post Number: 33
Registered: 06-2003
Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2005 - 03:31 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Robert - As Rob suggested I found some high temp wrap at some of the local auto parts stores - but they're a lot more expensive then the cheap Lowe’s stuff. For a compromise maybe I'll wrap the bottom 1/4 with this high temp stuff and the top 3/4's with the cheap stuff.