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Thread: Cheap/DIY Thermolator?

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    Cheap/DIY Thermolator?

    Has anyone here made their own thermolator? I have a job that we will run a few times a year, usually short production that doesn’t justify buying one, so I was thinking about making my own out of a cart, 2 manifolds (mold water in/out), electric hot water tank, and a pump. Water will be added from a check valve on a tee off of process water. Anyone have any insight for this? Could this work, or am I better off trying to find something used and getting it over with?

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    Re: Cheap/DIY Thermolator?

    No experience making one of these, interesting tho. what temps would you run at? How would you control the dump valve to prevent circulating water from overheating?

    I wonder how much cheaper a DIY would actually be

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    Re: Cheap/DIY Thermolator?

    I know a guy that made one with a gas grill, small 5 gallon tank, and a modulating valve, no pump other than central system. It worked!

    KOM

    brent

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    Re: Cheap/DIY Thermolator?

    Thanks for the input guys. The customer actually ended up sending a different mold for us to run, so I don't need to worry about this anymore!

    Brent, really? I wonder how he went about that, either way, that sounds interesting.

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