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    My 80-gallon insulated stainless buffer tank (for hydronic heat) has developed a small leak around a fitting and is going to be replaced under warranty tomorrow.

    Before taking the old tank to the dump, I'm wondering if, two months from now, I'll discover that I should have kept it for some project not yet thought of.
    The tank (with its insulated shell) is about 24" in diameter, and 5' tall.

    Any thoughts?

  • #2
    Biodiesel reactor?
    Solar hot water storage tank?
    Cut it lengthwise and make a BBQ?
    Cheers,
    Jon

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    • #3
      Giant ultrasonic cleaner in the megawatt range?
      Free software for calculating bolt circles and similar: Click Here

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      • #4
        Evan, Excellent idea! Got a circuit for it? Transducers? JA

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        • #5
          Don't dump it - sell it for scrap. Strip off the non-ferrous and it's about $1/lb here (assuming 300 series).

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          • #6
            Start making shine!, I,m sure it'll be usefull
            Mark

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            • #7
              Originally posted by alsinaj View Post
              .....is going to be replaced under warranty tomorrow.
              Around here, the warranty replacement would require exchange.
              If not, a flattened sheet of stainless that big would make a work surface, splash guard, or new chip tray for a machine. Just sayin....

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              • #8
                Should make a heck of a smoker or BBQ depending on the insulation.

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                • #9
                  Never get rid of something like that!!

                  A good use will come for it eventually!

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                  • #10
                    Silver solder the leak, pressure test it and you have an air reciever FOREVER!
                    Duffy, Gatineau, Quebec

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                    • #11
                      Second the smoker/bbq suggestion. Those guys go bonkers for those.

                      Post it on craigslist. Maybe even check out the smoker resources and build one yourself.

                      This is a great starting point, a BBQ dimension calculator.

                      http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=20871

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                      • #12
                        There is no way I would throw out any sort of sizable stainless piece, especially a tank with just a small hole that can be fixed.

                        Sounds like a perfect tank for making beer or moonshine!
                        Andy

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by vpt View Post
                          There is no way I would throw out any sort of sizable stainless piece, especially a tank with just a small hole that can be fixed.

                          Sounds like a perfect tank for making beer or moonshine!
                          Absolutely!


                          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLlnC4KUdCY
                          Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

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                          • #14
                            Yeah. I'm definitely in the "what COULDN'T you do with it!?!" camp. BBQ/Smoker, Still, all of the above.
                            ----
                            Proud machining permanoob since September 2010

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                            • #15
                              I'd be surprised if you get to keep it, but if you do- what fluid was contained in it? If just plain water, then you could make it a 'cold buffer' and insert it first in line where your cold water comes in. With a collector pan at the bottom and a bit of a shroud around it, you can circulate room air around it. That will cool the air to some extend and remove some of the moisture- a bit of air conditioning pretty much for free.

                              You could also make it a buffer for outgoing waste water to absorb heat from it before discharging it. The cooler incoming water would be warmed slightly before it goes into the water heater. That would work, but it might be a little intensive to modify it for what you'd save.

                              I'm assuming, perhaps wrongly, that it's a pressure tank. If it's not designed for water system pressure, it's basically a holding tank. Could be used for rainwater, if you collect and use that- could be used as a filtration tank if you have need of that.

                              If it has been used with an antifreeze solution of some kind, it may not be suitable for passing water that's used for cooking or drinking.
                              I seldom do anything within the scope of logical reason and calculated cost/benefit, etc- I'm following my passion-

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