Friday, 29 March 2013

Your April Project

Coils and Snaplocks and you've got a jockey box - well almost.

I've had a few snaplock adaptors lying around as well as a few lengths of stainless steel tubing so when I was recently asked to supply some beer for a backyard wedding I took the challenge and had a go at putting together a jockey box to dispense the amber liquid in style - well dispense it cold at least. But first let's explore what options are available if you ever plan on doing a similar project. There are plenty of old temprite cooling system available, sourced from either gumtree or ebay that are a cheap alternative to buying stainless steel coils on their own. The temprites come in varying sizes and shapes but they all consist of a number of coils hidden under the external structure.

With a bit of care and safety in mind, you can easily cut the temprite apart with an angle grinder to
source the coils. Here's an example of a jockey box that Robin put together with the same coils taken from the temprite pictured above. With a few modifications, you've got yourself a fantastic little compact cooler ready for your next backyard BBQ.

I decided to shape my own coils from 15 metre lengths of stainless and keep the temprite coils for a future herms project. I sourced a cooler with the exact same internal measurements to cater for a firm fit when the two coils are inserted, measured up the positions of the shanks and cut the holes with a spade bit selected to match the tubing which I insert to add strength and allow a complete seal between the inner and outer walls of the cooler.

I've used a polycardonate sealer on all surfaces and gaps and added some plastic washes to complete the external finish. Some probond aluminium cut to size is used internally for added strength once the adaptors are set in place and tightened and then it's just a matter of connecting the coils to the shanks with the aid of some clear tubing, cooler couplings and hose clamps although I would have preferred the use of compression fittings but I just can't find them at a reasonable cost.

 Lock in some taps, add a drip tray, a bag of ice and your ready to impress your friends next time your invited to a BBQ (or how about your daughters under 11 basketball tournament finals and having a bar set up in the back of your station wagon in the stadium carpark - now I'm sure people were envious of the Frankston Blues on that particular warm summer day).

 - Phil

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