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#73505 - 12/24/06 06:14 PM 2" pvc hot box
Sparks30 Offline

Registered: 03/23/02
Posts: 125
Loc: Connecticut.usa
First I want to say happy holidays to all. Now does anyone know were in CT can I get a good deal on a hot box. Thanks Sparks30

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#73506 - 12/25/06 07:50 AM Re: 2" pvc hot box
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#73507 - 12/25/06 09:17 AM Re: 2" pvc hot box
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Registered: 01/22/05
Posts: 5305
Loc: Blue Collar Country
Here are a couple of pics of one I made, using a 20MM ammo box, with charcoal as the heat source. It works extremely well. I have used it on pipe up to 1" Sched 80. I expect it will also work on larger sizes. There has not been a need to rotate the pipe (though rotating never hurts!)

It is important that you raise the box off the ground, or there will be heat damage. In the first pic, you can see that I've used short pieces of strut for this purpose.

I have also had to replace the rubber gasket with one made of stove gasket material. When I am finished, I simply close it up to extinguish the coals; they can be used again. The only drawback is that it takes a fair amount of time for this thing to cool down enough for safe transport.

[This message has been edited by renosteinke (edited 12-25-2006).]

#73508 - 12/25/06 12:38 PM Re: 2" pvc hot box
Tom H Offline

Registered: 01/31/05
Posts: 74
Loc: Milford, Ct, USA
I bought mine at Empty excuse me, Electrical Wholesalers. I would also try F&M in Danbury.

#73509 - 12/26/06 03:27 AM Re: 2" pvc hot box
Trumpy Offline


Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8532
Loc: SI,New Zealand
John that would make a darned good BBQ.
With a grill on top.
Porterhouse anyone?.
Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green grin

#73510 - 12/26/06 06:30 AM Re: 2" pvc hot box
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Registered: 01/22/05
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Loc: Blue Collar Country
Funny you should mention BBQ....

The heater is being used at the headquarters of a plumbing contractor. I was, obviously, sharing the site with several plumbers. Come lunchtime, I actually did pull out a grill, and cook a burger.

The attending plumbers didn't know whether to laugh or cry, as they made do with their cold leftovers!

Of course, you can be sure I used the proper tools:

#73511 - 12/27/06 08:54 PM Re: 2" pvc hot box
Helectric Offline

Registered: 01/07/05
Posts: 91
Loc: Brandon, SD
I've never used one of these but it's hard to beat the price. I just paid $30 more than that for a used Greenlee.


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