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1.5 TC Radius Face Solder Flange
1.5 TC Radius Face Solder Flange


 
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The 1-1/2" TC Solder On flange is an alternative to a weld in ferrule when you don't have access to a good TIG welder. This is the more popular option for this fitting when used in vessels from about 14" to 36" in diameter as it helps fit the contour of curved kettle walls.We also stock this as a Flat Face flange and is more suited for the bottom of flat bottom pots, flat lids, or the side wall of very large diameter vessels (over 36" in diameter). See other item for this option.

The exact radius of the curve on the back of the flange is 8" which makes it fit a 16" diameter pot or keg perfectly with no gaps at all. The install technique noted below allows the fitting to be used on diameters lesser and greater, and it's still better than a flat flange.


Soldering Notes: After drilling or punching the hole in your vessel (minimum 1-3/8" hole, maximum 1-5/8" since the flange is 2" OD, scuff up the contact areas of both the vessel and the flange using some 100" grit sandpaper then wipe off residue with solvent on a rag. Apply acid flux such as Harris Stay Clean Liquid flux to both surfaces. Lay the flange centered over the hole ensuring that the radius in the flange most closely follows that of the vessel (You may want to mark top and bottom with indexing marks on top of the TC flange to make this easier). Once you are happy with placement, use small C-clamps inserted through the hole to firmly clamp the flange in place and to draw in any gaps due to radius mismatch. Using an LP or MAPP torch, warm the vessel walls first keeping the flame moving, avoiding the flange for a few minutes. Then concentrate the heat on the TC flange itself, avoiding burning the flux as much as possible. The ideal temperature is reached when your solder melts when applied to the joint between the flange and vessel and NOT when the solder wire is directly heated by your flame. Solder should be quite liquid and start drawing into the gap. Work the solder around the entire flange, reheating the flange briefly as necessary. This process is shown in a instructional video at the bottom of this page.

Disclaimer: Soldering is not horribly challenging, but you should be moderately handy if you're going to attempt this. If you've never soldered copper plumbing with success before, you may want to do some practicing first. Acid flux is dangerous to handle and the fumes are toxic. Please use a respirator and/or solder outside or in a well ventilated area. Torches make things very hot! DUH... typical silver bearing solders with 3-6% silver content melt just under 500F and the flange will stay hot for several minutes after you remove the heat. Just be careful!
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5 of 5 September 13, 2021
Reviewer: Odin Anderson from Bellevue, WA United States  


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5 of 5 Better than welding on most brew kettles May 26, 2021
Reviewer: E Smith from London, England  
I own a couple of TIG welders, but find these fittings a much better solution on the thin stainless used on most brew kettles.

When TIG welding it's very easy to burn through the thinner kettle metal.  Also, unless you back purge the weld with another argon source you will certainly get messy, unsanitary sugering on the back of the weld.
To get a competent welder to do it right is rare and expensive.

Also, I find soldering allows you to keep a smooth inner  surface in your brew kettle.  This is more sanitary, and far easier to clean than even a competently installed welded fitting.

The surface are provided by these fittings (when the directions are followed) results in an extremely strong joint.

Good product.

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5 of 5 Radius Face Solder Flange easy to install December 5, 2020
Reviewer: Brad from COVINGTON, WA United States  
These worked great and made it easy to install my heating elements.  
Thanks for the quick service

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5 of 5 Perfect July 29, 2020
Reviewer: David LaGarce from Conroe, TX United States  
Easy to install

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5 of 5 Awesome Design 👍. February 4, 2020
Reviewer: Timothy Kibe from Port Charlotte, FL United States  
By far the best way to add a TC fitting to your brewpot without being a welder. I'm not a big fan of the weldless bulkhead fittings at the bottom of my brewpot, so these are way better if you can solder or don't have access to a welder.

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