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  1. #1
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    Question Bottling Tank vs Steam Kettle?

    Hi All,
    Wondering if anybody has ever seen or has experience converting these steam kettles into a bottling tank?
    They are manufactured by Vulcan Hart Mfg. Co Louisville, KY see link below:

    http://www.genemco.com/catalog/SPPP6...etedkettle.pdf

    I recently purchased 2 of these tanks except I believe mine are older 30 gallon models and do not have any heater attachment but they do have water pipe with fittings coming out of the bottom and are definitely a jacketed tank.
    I was told they were used with steam for heating soup in a commercial school kitchen.
    I plan on running hot water into them with a hot water heater type set up and attaching a SS honey bottling valve in place of the large valve that is already on them (I will try to post pics later). But have concern about the existing valve has 4 large bolts that I believe holds the 2 tanks together and by removing them would cause the honey and water to leak out? (valve and bolts are the same as the older bulk milk tanks)
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    Default Re: Bottling Tank vs Steam Kettle?

    Yes the valve are the same as older milk tanks. The inner and outer shells are separate and not held together by the bolts, that is just a stronger part to attach the valve too. We have some older tanks like this at work but electric.

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    Default Re: Bottling Tank vs Steam Kettle?

    What is wrong with the valve that is on it?
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    Default Re: Bottling Tank vs Steam Kettle?

    Doesn't fill small containers very well (ie, 12 oz bears, 2 oz bears, 1&2 lb squeeze containers)
    Will fill a 5 gal bucket in minutes though but that is not what I use a bottling tank for.
    Check out the SS bottling valves on Maxant and Mann Lake bottling tanks and you will see the size that I would like to convert the steam kettles to or at least one of them.



    See link below for pic of steam kettle:
    http://i1305.photobucket.com/albums/...ps0cac0b61.jpg

    http://i1305.photobucket.com/albums/...psd596036a.jpg

    http://i1305.photobucket.com/albums/...ps4b98468f.jpg
    Last edited by Mtn. Bee; 01-19-2013 at 02:19 PM.
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    Default Re: Bottling Tank vs Steam Kettle?

    I would put a valve on the spout just after the big valve that you can remove for reduced flows. It will be real handy having the big valve for cleaning. It could be as simple as a cork and a tube to a honey gate.
    Brian Cardinal
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    Default Re: Bottling Tank vs Steam Kettle?

    There is no spout after valve, see pics of mine that I posted in my reply.
    Other link was to a random google search of steam tanks!
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    Default Re: Bottling Tank vs Steam Kettle?

    Are you sure they don't have a heating element inside them from the pictures on the side it sure looks like what you have. I would double check that. Also if they are stainless any good welding shop could cut off the present valve and weld on a new threaded fitting so you could attach a bottling valve.

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