electrolosis tank

Tue Dec 19, 2006 8:28 am

I'm looking for plans to build a tank. any info or sources would be helpful thanks

Tank Plans

Tue Dec 19, 2006 8:46 am

You might want to go back several weels - the guys have plans pictures and testimonials as to degrees of success. I crave one of those big heavy duty poly barrels in one picture. It should answer all you questions. Craig

Tue Dec 19, 2006 8:57 am

There are several resources you can use to build a tank.
Here's a good place to start:
Also, do a search on Electrolysis using the search feature and you'll find tons of ideas and pictures.
Here is my tank, care of CubFest Northeast 2006 workshop on Electrolysis put on by Rudi.

Tue Dec 19, 2006 6:38 pm

I don't understand where all of the cables are hooked. Is there a jumper cable between each re-bar? If so, does this give better connections than just clamping a copper wire to each re-bar and then hooking the negative lead to one of the re-bars?

Re: electrolosis tank

Tue Dec 19, 2006 6:59 pm


I guess it has been a while since you saw the Welcome Wagon, so I shall repeat it here as it has been updated a few times over the last couple of years...

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jmalinow wrote:I'm looking for plans to build a tank. any info or sources would be helpful thanks

Check the links below.. there are a couple of tanks there.. depends on what you want.. There is also the Where Do I find TSP in the US and What Charger to Use? thread which you may want to read.

Also, one of our members built a smaller version and documented it. You can see how Ron solved his problems by reading the How To Build a 5 Gallon Electrolysis Tank thread.

Here are a few other interesting threads on Electrolysis that you may want to read:

Electrolysis Revisited
Electrolosis tank 1 cooking 1 on the make
Electrolysis Tank--Freeze-up??
Electrolosis won't cook!
which battery charger do you use
Another electrolisis

If you use the Search feature you should be able to find a LOT more threads that might be interesting..

Glad to see you post again... When you build your tank, post pics and such. Variations are the spice of life.. even with Electrolysis Tanks.. :wink: :D

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Tue Dec 19, 2006 7:06 pm

BIGHOSS wrote:I don't understand where all of the cables are hooked. Is there a jumper cable between each re-bar? If so, does this give better connections than just clamping a copper wire to each re-bar and then hooking the negative lead to one of the re-bars?


The majority of the cables run from each of the re-bar into the junction box where they join up to a buss bar, which is the positive side of the equation. The lead from the positive terminal of the battery charger leads to that buss bar. The center lead on the tank that gets hooked to the part being cleaned also goes to the junction box, but to the negative buss bar which is also connected to the negative terminal on the battery box.

There are a number of ways to hook up the cabling. This just happens to be the way that I did it, cause the parts were either on sale, cheap or even better - FREE :!: :!:

You can use ground clamps and a single wire connecting all of the re-bar, you can use wire nuts, you can use aligator clips.. all kinds of devices. However, the KEY to a Good Tank is in the Connections :!: Each connection MUST be solid, in that there is good contact between the positive and the re-bar plus between the negative and the part being cleaned. That is what is critical.

Use any setup you wish, that YOU understand and cannot mix up. Just ensure the connections are good :!:

Tue Dec 19, 2006 7:37 pm

Nice setup Peter!

I found the biggest advantage of Rudi's design is that you don't need to clamp the rebar to the tank. The jumper cable ends serve to hold them in place and make it easy to remove them to clean.

The rebar needs to be wire brushed once a day or so cause it will get swill building up on it. After a few days I replace it with some that I have run through a wire wheel (outside!).

You certainly can clamp them together any way that works, but because of the 'frequent' cleaning it's just a lot easier to use jumper cables or something that's easy to remove.

Wed Dec 20, 2006 8:01 am

I just finished the tank that we cut out at Cubfest NE. Pictures have been taken and Rudi and I are working on posting them. I have before pictures of a grill that is now out of the tank. I will be taking after pics. It was only in 48 hours. Trust me when I say it was a mess when it went in.
I modified Rudi's arangement and that is obvious in the pics. The important thing is if it works, its a good design no matter how you do it.