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    Default Park tanks, what to use?

    I don't know what to use, or where to get a stainless tank big enough to fit a full size barreled receiver (ak). anyone know where to get one, or what to use for one?
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    It doesn't have to be stainless steel, it can be regular steel, iron, porcelin cookwear. It can't be aluminum or copper or zinc plated steel as they will react with the park solution. If you go with regualr steel/iron it will parkerize the first time you use it and shouldn't react much more after that. Some guys found stainless steel mud trays for drywall cheap at the hardware store. You could also check ebay for used ss steam trays or cookwear used by resturants. It just has to be good enough to handle near boiling hot liquids. Midway and brownells both sell park and bluing tanks premade. I have a 5"x5"x36" ss tank that I had made about 10 years ago to do M1 garands. It's usually a lot easier to use a smaller tank unless it won't fit. I also use a porcelin (camp type) turkey pan that is big enough to put a barrel and a receiver in not assembled. Any areas that you don't want parkerized can be masked off with electrial tape if you want.

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    You could try local scrap yards,the places that buy scrap steel,copper,LEAD for casting bullits,Al cans etc etc.Last time I was at one they payed me $1.50 per lb for SS.
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    I guess I'll keep a eye out for something.
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    Check out used restaurant supply houses....they will have new and used ss pans in different sizes. Bring a ruler..... I bought a few dirty, dented ones for $5.00 each. Cleaned up nice....
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    I found a stainless turky roaster pan at the local grocery store for 13.00 bucks just think outside the box others have used mud pan you can get at the Home Depot or Lowes...good luck
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    The local restaraunt supply has new stainless steam table pans for $14 without the lid and $28 with the lid. Set that on your camp stove and your in business.
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    I recommend at least 12 guage Stainless steel stock cut and bent into two L-sections. A bottom plate section is used to weld onto the two adjoined L-sections.

    A tank 28 inches long by 4 inches wide and 7 inches deep is sufficient to dip any AK, 1919 barrel guard, STEN, PPSHXX or, any other receiver section that is 27 inches long.

    This size of tank holds about 2.5 gallons which takes a 1200WATT dual eye type electric hot plate to maintain 200 degrees F nicely in 75 degree ambient temperature.

    I will show mine in the UZI build I am doing over in the Sub-Gun section here next week.

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    I bought one of the 6x6x40 tanks and lids from one of the guys on Ebay. It is fantastic. The drain hole is quite the luxury compared to my old tank that didn't have one.

    It looks like the Stainless Steel Creations guy sells the same tank I bought, but for $40 you can have him weld a 350 degree temp gauge into the side of the tank. If I could go back I would absolutely do that. Monitoring the temp of the solution sucks, and having a thermometer sticking out the top means you cannot put the lid on the top of the tank while you are heating it up or it isn't in use.

    Good luck!

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