I'll be glad to give you an update. I am now the proud owner of (2) Walter Kelley Multi-Purpose tanks. I purchased the first one last fall to be used primarily to liquefy honey in 5 gal. buckets. It says you can fit (3) buckets at a time in the main part of the tank but you’d really have to cram the last one in if you wanted to do (3). I have not used the tank for uncapping or for melting wax in the other compartment but I probably will in the future.
Here is the good: Fairly inexpensive piece of beekeeping equipment than can be used for different purposes in the honey house. I purchased the stand with mine and glad I did.
Here is the not so good:
1. Quality of construction is somewhat crude. Make no mistake this is not on par with Maxant build quality. Some joints are soldered, and this is a hand welded / fabricated tank, and it looks for lack of a better word "a little rough".
2. Delivery: The tank was crated and came through ok but one of the legs on the stand was bent badly. I noted that on the delivery ticked and Kelly sent out a replacement stand in about 3 weeks.
3. Although this is an all stainless steel piece of equipment mine started to develop a serious rust issue at one of the interior rivets (see attached picture.) The weirdest thing is that the rust developed underwater when the tank was full. The rust pattern is strange in that it runs vertical following the stainless steel partition dividing the tank. Needless to say I was quite perturbed discovering this and immediately called Kelley and sent them some pictures. This happened about 8 months after I had been using it. I soon got a call back from the fabrication shop foreman (can't remember his name) who was very concerned as he had never heard of this happening. He set up a conference call and called me back with customer service on the line and said that they would make a new tank and have it sent out within a week to replace mine. He advised me at the time not to worry about sending the original tank back. Currently I have the new tank sitting in my too small as it is honey house and it has not been used. My plan now is to use the new tank just for liquefying buckets and use the original tank to uncap into and melt wax etc.
4. A little more history: The electric immersion heaters that come with these units are made by Kelley. These are again functional but not the same quality as some of the better make immersion heaters on the market. Additionally the heater they sent was set up for 220v and I only had 110V. I guess because I'm such a nice guy Kelley told me to keep the heater that came with it and they would send me out a new one wired for 110V (at no charge). The tank comes with one heater (needs 2 for full application) so I'll rewire the initial one to 110v and use that for the wax melting portion of the tank. I purchased a new Watlow immersion heater from Dadant with a built in t-stat and use it to heat the water in the large portion of the tank. It works great.
5. Once I re-organize my honey house I'll put both tanks along the same wall and have a "2-for-one" set up. I'll have to buy valves for the replacement tank but hey...I fixed the bent leg on the original stand so I have that already.
6. Rust issue: The picture looks worse than it is and a little steel wool removes the rust entirely. My plan is to seal the rivet and coat it with something (suggestions ??) and I am pretty sure that would stop any future issue with rust. The new tank they sent doesn't have any more inside rivets. Perhaps I prompted a re-design. The original tank does come with a full stainless steel cover which is great (and no Kelly didn't send me a free one with the replacement tank).
All in all I am pleased with the tank for my intended purpose. If I start using it to uncap and melt wax I'll post an update. Because I use mine primarily to liquefy honey I really didn't want to get it all messed up with wax capping's and propolis and have to clean it all up again. Now that I have (2) tanks that issue is solved.
Summation: I had my reservations regarding possible issues with customer service as Kelly is now under new ownership. That was not the case. When I called Kelley customer service they went well beyond my expectations of making things right.