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    Default Ice bath milk tank

    Just picked up a 400 gallon milk tank inside a 600 gallon ice bath tank. Everything is stainless I was thinking of pulling the inside tank from the ice portion remove all the copper and plug holes for a separate tank has anyone done this?

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    I bought one several years ago. I removed the tank and salvaged the rest. In my case I got almost what I paid for the tank for salvage. If it was like mine you will find the copper pipe very heavy and weighs up good. Just cut all the fittings out and sell them seperate. The pipe will go for clean copper and bring more. The fittings a little less because of the solder. I don't remember what the outside tank was like, and why the thought dinn't cross my mine to use it. I know when I sold it they told me it was just a skin. A magnet would stick to it everywhere the steel support was inside. My guess would be if it is stainless that there will be a gap between sheets. If you can get it cleaned up, plug holes, and figure a drain you could use it. Not sure it would be worth it.

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    I have a tank like that for sale, local pick up only. It is just 200 gal. I was told it came from a farm that had a good cold spring and that the spring water was piped into the bottom and an over flow dumped out near the top. That was supposed to be how the milk was cooled.
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    Thinking back, my grandparents on my dad's side also had a cement vat that they put milk cans into. They then pumped, with a hand pump cold well water in to cool the milk. I have no idea how often they refreshed the cold or how cold it was. I think it likely held 8 cans, but when I was old enough to notice such things they were down to 6 cows and a few young stock thus they never filled 8 cans.
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, doing fewer each year, about 450 planned for 2020 (and after?)
    2012 Mahindra 36 HP 4x4/ loader/cab/heat/AC:-)
    added a gooseneck equipment trailer and F350 to tow it to haul more sap
    3x8 raised flue evaporator
    250 GPH converted to electric, RO by Ray Gingerich
    6.32 KW solar system, 1.48KW is battery backed up, all net metered
    http://s1041.photobucket.com/albums/...anssugarhouse/
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    I have four ice bank type Dari-Kool tanks! I have used almost all the stainless for projects in the sugarhouse. Keep in mind that the outside and the next liner are 400 series which have some steel in them and will rust. I have 2 400 gal a 350 and a 250 gal. I like them because they are easy to clean out. They are also a lot lighter with all the insulation, compressor and copper removed. Even the stir paddle was used for fabrication items.
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