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Hi folks,,
Just came across a 50L s/steel stock pot that is heavy duty but it has quite a thick bottom probably around 10ml. Do you think that this will be harder to heat up with gas or no real problem? I may be able to get it cheap...Has anyone had expierence with these style pots as a boiler??

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Just came across a 50L s/steel stock pot that is heavy duty but it has quite a thick bottom probably around 10ml
10mm seems awefully thick for a stainless steel pot, it must weigh a ton. Are you sure it's s/s?
I don't know much about thermodynamics, but a 10mm base would hold the heat for quite some time I would think.

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Sounds like Aluminium. :unsure:

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I would think it would be perfect. The whole thick bottom thing is related to conductivity and hence better heat distribution (expensive saucepans have copper bottoms for this reason). I would think it would be less prone to scroching than the likes of a keg. Stainless is nasty for localising heat. There is a fair chance that the base may be a laminate of another more conductive meaterial like aluminium that has been plated to look shiny.

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Borret said:
I would think it would be less prone to scroching than the likes of a keg.

Just my thoguhts

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I know there are a few different and unusual acronyms in brewing Borret has come up with a ripper "scroching" :blink:

methinks it is an acronym for "scrotum itching" :lol:

Good one Borret :D

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THE DRUNK ARAB said:
methinks it is an acronym for "scrotum itching" :lol:

Good one Borret :D

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Reminds me... Never grab 'em when you've been handling bleach. :lol:

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I don't think its aluminium as it was quite heavy. they had a 40L one as well with a normal base and it was way lighter but it was dinged up pretty bad. Ex catering supply..

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hockadays said:
I don't think its aluminium as it was quite heavy. they had a 40L one as well with a normal base and it was way lighter but it was dinged up pretty bad. Ex catering supply..

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Next best bet is that it may well have a copper base thathas been chromed to match the stainless. Either way it is a likely to be ideal, especially with gas, to even out hot spots. If it's a good price then I say go for it.
Although people have the impression that aluminium should be as light as balsa wood, a 10mm thick chunk of it on the bottom of a pot is still quite heavy.

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just did some figures and the base of the pot if aluminium (assuming a proportion about the size of a 50l cub keg) and 10mm thick would be 3.2 kg. So add that to teh weight of the pot and that would feel fairly heavy for an empty vessel.

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heres a photo...second from the right...

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Borret said:
I would think it would be perfect. The whole thick bottom thing is related to conductivity and hence better heat distribution (expensive saucepans have copper bottoms for this reason). I would think it would be less prone to scroching than the likes of a keg. Stainless is nasty for localising heat. There is a fair chance that the base may be a laminate of another more conductive meaterial like aluminium that has been plated to look shiny.

Just my thoguhts

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you're on the money Borret. My 70 litre ss stockpot (yet unused :( ) has a base around the thickness of the one hockadays mentions & is alumimium sandwiched between two layers of stainless steel. The sales pitch was better heat retention\distribution, etc. When I finally get going I should use less gas & get a quicker boil owing to the thick base on the boiler. :)

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