Okay, I tried but I couldn't come up with a name as cool as "Brutus"... This stand was inspired by Lonnie McAllister's Brutus Ten
. It's just that I couldn't afford the stainless, have no desire to weld, and don't want the automation (yet). I just wanted a stand that would allow me to brew without doing too much heavy lifting.
The stand was built with perforated angle iron (McMaster-Carr calls them "steel slotted angles"). I've got a McMaster warehouse less than 5 miles from the house so I picked everything up at Will Call. Here are the McMaster part numbers (prices as of Nov. 2008)...
||1-1/2" X 1-1/2", 6’ length
||2-1/4" X 1-1/2", 6’ length
||Steel Corner Plate, 6"x 6"
||Bolts W/nuts & Washers
||400 lb. capacity caster
The frame is 54 inches long by 16-1/2 inches deep and 21 inches high. It stands 25-3/4 inches high after bolting on the casters.
The stand itself (frame & casters only - no burners, pumps, etc.) is pretty cheap... Built for less than $225 ($230 if you count the $5 metal cutting abrasive disk for my miter saw). You could probably find cheaper casters and I don't think the corner plates are even needed as this thing is rock solid. I sat 3 kegs on it... filled all to the top with water... then jumped up and stood on it... around 600lbs and good ol' Wally didn't flinch. Very sturdy.
The material chosen for the build will
corrode and rust. I could try painting it with some high-temp engine paint but I'm not too concerned with it right now. The price was right and I figure it should last long enough for me to save up and buy one of those nice stainless sculptures that MoreBeer sells. If not, it won't cost too much to replace any parts that wear out. You'll notice some of the rust in the last couple of pictures posted below.
NOTE: If you're planning on building something similar, remember, you're using zinc-plated steel. When the plating gets hot it gives off some nasty fumes. Keep well ventilated. Once the plating is burned off it should be safe.
Here are some detailed pictures...
After 4 months and 5 brew sessions...