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Rusted water tank
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DeadCarp    Posted 04-25-2003 at 06:07:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
A few years ago, i made a storage tank for my boiler. It's a maybe 1/8" thick steel drum, holds 200 gallons, i sat it on rigid foam next to the furnace, wrapped it with fiberglass insulation, kept it full of (mostly) water and it worked fine. Well, while relocating the setup, i found a hole rusted thru the bottom, the size of a fingernail. I can weld a new bottom on it but might just replace it. What will take boilng water(no pressure) and last longer? Will it last longer if i put it on blocks?

DeadCarp    Posted 04-25-2003 at 20:31:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for your ideas guys - BTW i haven't pulled the lid on the tank yet (maybe tomorrow) but i did take the top off the boiler. Inside that thing reminds me of a plating project - everything has a nice coat of rust and the there's these berries all over like boils. They're rusty outside, kinda brittle, dark grey and grainy inside and some stick into the water area an inch, some the size of marbles. Any idea what they are besides iron?

Farmer Gene (WI)    Posted 04-25-2003 at 06:35:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
How about an old milk bulk tank, they're already insulated and are on legs and are made of stainless steel. around here the small 2-300 gal ones go relatively cheap, $100-200

Clipper    Posted 04-25-2003 at 06:41:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree with Farmer Gene....Stainless steel is the best way to go especially if you have hard water.The farm equipment auctions may be yer best bet to get a SS tank pretty cheap an if it needs patching that's fairly easy to do with an AC buzz box welder an SS welding rods.

Willy-N    Posted 04-25-2003 at 06:34:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Try to put a anoid in it out of a water heater. If you could glass line it that would be best. Hot water is hard on bare metal in fact any water. Mark H.

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