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True Weldless Bulkhead - With 2pc Ball Valve and Diptube
True Weldless Bulkhead - With 2pc Ball Valve and Diptube

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Our Price: $34.99
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Built upon our industry leading True Bulkhead design, we've crafted a combo product that includes an integrated 2pc style full flow ball valve that includes a press-fit interior diputube. The entire assembly is 304 Stainless Steel for ultimate durability. Other than drilling the 13/16" hole in your kettle, this single product gets you a weldless bulkhead, valve, and diptube. If you choose not to use the diputube, you'll still have some male threads exposed on the interior to attach other fitting types.

Is it a good value? Absolutely! A true bulkhead with integrated diptube would cost $19 and a standard 2pbv is $13. We'd argue that this is also a cleaner assemblyavoiding two threaded connections.

Our line of "True Bulkheads" were completely redesigned from scratch. The entire homebrew industry is flooded with makeshift bulkhead designs that are only a small step up from the DIY parts you'd find at a hardware store. While we were confident in the performance of our previous bulkheads made from off the shelf parts, the new True Bulkheads solve several shortcomings and look sharp in the process.

All varieties of True Bulkheads:
  1. Use a huge hex size with a machined O-Ring containment groove (gland). When used with an oring, you can tighten the bulkhead with gorilla strength for stability and the gasket will not budge or get damaged.
  2. Accommodate vessel wall thicknesses up to 3/8" or 8mm thick.
The theme here is that these bulkheads are in a different league and we think the pricing is unbelievably reasonable for what you get.

NOTE: If you are installing this into an existing hole that is larger than 13/16", such as 7/8" or more, please select the option for the 7/8" hole in the option dropdown.

THIS BULKHEAD IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR COOLERS because the seal is made on the outside of the vessel.

Hole Side Options: If your hole is closer to 13/16" the standard oring seals great. If your hole is a bit over-sized, right around 7/8", we can include an additional thin oring that will keep the fitting centered in the hole while you tighten it up. If you have no way of accurately measuring your hole, the threads of a 1/2" male NPT fitting will be snug in a 13/16" hole and wiggle side to side a bit in a 7/8" hole. When in doubt, select 7/8". You can remove the extra oring and try it but you'll have it in case you need it.

Install Notes:
  • Drill a clean 13/16" diameter hole in your pot taking care to avoid any wall contours that may prevent the interior hex from sitting flat on the inside wall of the vessel. It is also important to remove any sharp edges or "burrs" from the outside edge of the hole, otherwise the oring can get torn. Insert the threaded portion of the unit through the hole from the outside of your pot or keg with only the oring in place. On the inside, install the locknut and snug everything up with a pair of wrenches.
  • The press fit diptube simply presses into the bore on the inside of the pot. You MUST lubricate the two captured Orings with keg lube or Vaseline prior to insertion otherwise you may damage them. Push in with a little left and right alternating twisting motion.
The exit of the valve is female 1/2" NPT threads so you'll need a hose barb or some variety of disconnect which are found on the right in accessories.

Average Rating: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 10 Click Here to Write a Review »

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Great design! March 31, 2019
Reviewer: Chris Small from Wauconda, IL United States  
I always had leaking issues with my previous weldless bulkhead on my HTL. I swapped it out for this one yesterday and there were no seal issues at all. The design with the recessed O-ring is brilliant. Highly recommended!

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Great March 17, 2019
Reviewer: Timothy Richards from Freeport , IL United States  
Nice valve and dip tube. Works great

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Smooth operation, leak free January 22, 2019
Reviewer: Roger McCune from Coolville , OH United States  
Added this to my kettle for my riptide pump. Used a step but for the hole and the bulkhead and valve are leak free.

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Works as advertised December 23, 2018
Reviewer: Mike Dalecki from Platteville, WI United States  
A variation on the true bulkhead, this is a little less expensive than a combination bulkhead/ball valve.  Installed easily, and since this was a retrofit to a used kettle I'd bought, the hole had been drilled out by the previous owner.  It is a weird height, about 3" above the bottom, but all I had to do was add a short piece of 1/2" silicone tubing and I could extend the diptube to where it needed to be.

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Cool design but could be better December 8, 2018
Reviewer: John Stepikura from Manalapan, NJ United States  
I like the diprybe and how it has double o rings. I do not like that there is not a larger footprint around the o rings and the kettle. That larger foot print would make the bulk head sturdier.

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