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I came across 500 gallon stainless dairy tanks. Guy is asking $800 and they sell for around $10K. The only problem is that they have 2 big holes. I would assume that they could be welded up. They are basically the size of 500 gallon propane tanks.

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Location: NPR, Florida | Registered: January 29, 2010Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Not if you want to pull a vacuum in it.
 
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Originally posted by Paulus:
Not if you want to pull a vacuum in it.


I have propane tanks to pull vacuum.

I was just thinking about a processor tank. Wouldn't have to worry about acid.

Just curious of opinions on using it?

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Location: NPR, Florida | Registered: January 29, 2010Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Those are great looking tanks. I might take the risk and have them professionally patched and welded up, then see how well they do for vacuum.

If your not looking for vacuum rating, I don't see why the holes are an issue. Just patch and go!


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Milk tanks make poor processors... wrong shape.. wrong configuration.. wrong everything.


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How is it different from a propane tank...they are pretty close in dimensions?

Can you elaborate, so I understand why it is a bad choice over just you saying so.

Not that I don't believe you, just would like to understand. As I thought it would work fine.
 
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As I mentioned in my original post I would get the holes welded close. Obviously the holes "as is" makes it not viable. Out side of that, the only other thing is the ends aren't as rounded and that I suspect may make it not drain quite as well. But people use water heaters and they aren't rounded at all.

Anyway, I just want to understand why Paul is so dead against it, because I would of though it would of been OK.

I never purchased it because every time I tried getting back in touch with the seller, I wasn't able to get hold of him.
 
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Im not dead against it; my comment was that you wouldn't be able to pull a vacuum in it.
 
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I meant Paul (Murphy).

"Milk tanks make poor processors... wrong shape.. wrong configuration.. wrong everything."

But yes, I wasn't planning on using it to pull vacuum.

I just thought it would be cool for an acid tank.
 
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But people use water heaters and they aren't rounded at all.


Water heater tanks are rounded on the ends, nearly a perfect half-sphere, its only the insulation over the tank and the sheet metal over that that is flat.

And I think with a big enough pump or stirring paddle, any tank will work. Smile
 
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Yep, you're right. I was thinking the other end and all the guys and gals who do them upside down. Smile
 
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