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Old 08-30-2010   #1
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homemade blasters

Greetings all.
I am wondering if any of you DIY'ers out there have made your own blaster. Things are tough in the wallet right now, and 150 + for a blaster seems a little excessive for what they actually are.
If you have made one, I would really appreciate some insight as to what you did. Plans and or pictures would be amazing.

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prepare to be amazed.

I had a brinkman smoker/grill thing that was rusted out. I salvaged the burner and came up with this. I got the regulator from bayou depot, I think. It's kinda heavy by my standards, but not too bad for most boaters.
Bad points: cant use with smaller pots. alot of heat goes outward away from the pot, and up the sides, guaranteeing the handles get real hot. Im working on a way to fix that, though.
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Nice -
How did you make the feet?
Are all 3 hinged together, or do you join them with the wrench before use?

Looks like you have an allen bolt that holds them in?

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the two legs opposite the mixing tube are hinged, not together, indepenently, so it only needs to be unfolded. they pivot on a type of bolt called a shoulder bolt and have a bellville washer for spring tension so they stay where you put them.
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you can use the element from old hot water heaters, also. I am going to do that when my 15 year old water heater starts to leak.
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you can use the element from old hot water heaters, also. I am going to do that when my 15 year old water heater starts to leak.
If that thing's 15 years old, the scale in it probably does a great job insulating the water from the flame underneath - no need to wait until its leaking to get that thing off to the dump - you're already spilling a lot of energy.
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Nice job. You could also use a variable pressure regulator to control the heat. I got mine at ace hardware. Works great with a wok, soups or a blaster. REI has stainless steel heat deflectors that work also work great.
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Yea, I thought the same thing but my gas bill is about $7 in the summer. So I did not think it is that bad. But I use well water so I agree it could have a lot of precipitate in the bottom. I drain it out every other year.



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