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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2015

    Default Thickness of stainless arch sides

    Does anyone know what the thickness is of the stainless steel sheet that is commonly used on arch sides.
    Clay Stroup
    Stroup's Sugar Bush
    Almont, MI

    2016: 20 taps, 2 gallons
    2017: 80 taps, 12 gallons
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    2019: 110 taps, 34 gallons
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2015
    Peoria, IL


    Thin enough so that is is easy to work with and thick enough to support your brick. I was fortunate so salvage the stainless for my arch build but it was on the thick side (around 10 ga) and a pain to bolt onto the arch frame. I never used so many drill bits on one project in my life.
    2019 - 150 taps 3/16 shurflo, Deer Run 125 dolly RO - 73 gallons
    2018 - 120 taps 3/16 hybrid (shurflo), 2x6 raised flue w/hood, homemade arch w/ AUF & AOF - 34.5 gallons
    2017 - 60 taps 3/16 gravity, oil tank arck w/ steam pans - 12.5 gallons

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Oneida NY


    I think most are 20 ga SS. To drill SS use a cobalt bit, it works best for SS. You should get several holes, if not all of them on one bit.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2016
    whitney point NY


    I talked with leader via email and they told me ( all 2' wide arches get 22 gauge anything bigger get 20 gauge ) . And yes , cobalt drills work best . Starting with a smaller pilot hole first makes them stay sharp longer . And having a ( drill doctor ) is real handy to have .

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