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#73505 12/24/06 09:14 PM
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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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#73507 12/25/06 12:17 PM
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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!)


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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 03:38 PM
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I bought mine at Empty Wharehouse...er excuse me, Electrical Wholesalers. I would also try F&M in Danbury.

#73509 12/26/06 06:27 AM
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John that would make a darned good BBQ.
With a grill on top.
Porterhouse anyone?. [Linked Image]

#73510 12/26/06 09:30 AM
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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! [Linked Image]

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


[Linked Image from corpgear.com]

#73511 12/27/06 11:54 PM
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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.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=017&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&viewitem=&item=270025651618&rd=1&rd=1


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