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New Brinemaker

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Kubota 8540, Oct 29, 2010.

  1. Kubota 8540

    Kubota 8540 PlowSite.com Addict
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    Twin engine, twin pump, twin tank and twin as expensive :laughing:

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  2. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
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    Lookin good man, ya finally got it all together. How much can you maker now? We made the switch back to rock salt this year, I tried quite a few calculations and every way bulk came out ahead. I'm going to keep my liquid systems together in the event I get something together like yours. When the time comes I'll have to pick your brain. Good luck with it.
     
  3. kevhead20

    kevhead20 Inactive
    from Chicago
    Messages: 35

    very nice!
     
  4. Kubota 8540

    Kubota 8540 PlowSite.com Addict
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    It will make 900 gallons in about an hour? Brine cost less than .10 cents per gallon......how can rock salt be cheaper???

    Mixed in with the Liquidow from Kevhead20 it makes an excellent all around combination.....FREE PLUG FOR SICALCO>>>>>LIQUID CALCIUM CHLORIDE :D:D:D
     
  5. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,382

    My cost is .20/gal and I would need over 4500 gallons per event which would come to $925.00 my cost. I can cover the same with rock salt for 400 bucks. We pay about .03 per lb for rock.
     
  6. kevhead20

    kevhead20 Inactive
    from Chicago
    Messages: 35

    you're too funny.......hope the season starts soon. Our dust/base stabilization season is all but over.
     
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  7. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
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    How do you dump the sediment out?
     
  8. Kubota 8540

    Kubota 8540 PlowSite.com Addict
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    Last year after making about 8,000 gallons in the small maker I only had about an inch of sediment in the bottom. So I figure with this one I can go about 20,000 gallons before I have to open the bottom 2" drain valve and rinse.

    There is a flat spot on the upper tank on the opposite side which has the clean out on it.
     
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  9. Kubota 8540

    Kubota 8540 PlowSite.com Addict
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    From my experience salt brine will cost 25% of the price rock salt no matter what you pay for rock salt ???
     
  10. Kubota 8540

    Kubota 8540 PlowSite.com Addict
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  11. Kubota 8540

    Kubota 8540 PlowSite.com Addict
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    Filled the tanks with water, took forever as the brinemaker is now setup near my salt shed, using my house well water. This brinemaker needs a 1.5" water supply. Started the stop watch, used the skid steer to load 2,300 pounds of salt into the brinemaker top tank, started the twin 2" pumps, let it recirculate for 34 minutes. Tested the brine and it was 24%. So, I'm calling this brinemaker a success.
     
  12. ff610

    ff610 Senior Member
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    Looks great Jim!
     
  13. Kubota 8540

    Kubota 8540 PlowSite.com Addict
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    I want, I want, I want. Now I want a building around it and a new well with a 2 hp pump with 2" feed.......
     
  14. kevhead20

    kevhead20 Inactive
    from Chicago
    Messages: 35

    and more liquid storage.
     
  15. Kubota 8540

    Kubota 8540 PlowSite.com Addict
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    Yes, 2 more 3,000 gallon tanks. The one I have with salt brine, one to the right of it empty, then another with LIQUID CALCIUM CHLORIDE from SICALCO to the right. That way I can plumb it so that all I would have to do to mix would be turn a couple valves. :D
     
  16. kevhead20

    kevhead20 Inactive
    from Chicago
    Messages: 35

    and you can package totes:nod:
     
  17. Kubota 8540

    Kubota 8540 PlowSite.com Addict
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    That would make filling totes effortless. Plus I like the pocket cash between storms.
     
  18. Kubota 8540

    Kubota 8540 PlowSite.com Addict
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    I have tested this brinemaker for ONE hour. Here are the results....

    Test One = 34 minutes for 900 gallons of brine ( figured out my salimeter was filling up inside with salt water giving a false low reading)

    Test Two = 16 minutes for 900 gallons of brine ( 24% measured with new Salimeter )

    Test Three = 14 minutes for 800 gallons of brine

    So it appears it's going to take approx 15 minutes of recirculation to make a 900 gallon batch of brine


    Still needs a larger water supply or feed...... 1.5 inch would be perfect...... This ones done, tested, sold and is going to ship to Conneticut

    Guess I have to figure out what I'm going to try to build next?
     
  19. deicepro

    deicepro PlowSite.com Addict
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    You might be in luck, I got word of a few mis-colored tanks coming up....Will let you know
     
  20. Kubota 8540

    Kubota 8540 PlowSite.com Addict
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    Let me know. I filled this 3,000 gallon in 1 hour of making brine. Couple more tanks and I wouldn't have to make brine the rest of the winter.