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  1. #1
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    Default soldering a copper tube into jar feeder

    on Randy Oliver's web site he has a picture of a jar feeder with a copper pipe soldered into the tiop. He then drills a hole into the top cover and the tube fits down into the body. Any others who use this method, ideas on pipe size and length, pro's and con's??

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    I believe it's a 1/8" flared fitting for use in copper compression fittings. I found them in the plunbing spare parts at Lowes and HD for about .80 each.

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    I think they're using a tube insert for a compression fitting.

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    Why wouldn't silicone sealant work to hold the tube in place? Soldering dissimilar metals is a challange and the heat would cause premature corrosion of the tin jar lid IMO.

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    I tried it this year, but it didn't work for me. The jars seemed to work fine indoors, but when I used them outside the sun warmed up the jar and all the syrup leaked out drowning my mating nukes!!! What a mess!! Unless I missed something, but I copied Randy Oliver's method that I found in the ABJ. Does anybody has any ideas on what I might have done wrong???

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    Without seeing it with my own eyes, I'd assume the tube was too large a diameter or somehow air was getting into the jar allowing the syrup to drain. Only a guess, though.

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