I decided to go with wood for my stand, because I lived in a new housing development where there was a lot of scrap lumber available. The main disadvantage to wood in my application is that it is susceptable to heat damage, but I counteracted it by:

  1. Making the stand "oversized" so that each tier measures 22" square, versus a 16" diameter keg. In addition to preventing a heat problem, this also allows space for the mash tun insulation. This takes up more space than many of the other stands that I have seen, but I feel that insulatating the mash tun and preventing heat problems warrant this room.
  2. Making a heat shield out of 10" galvanized flashing for each burner. They contain heat around the keg for better efficiency and also for stand protection. They also prevent blow outs in windy conditions or when my leaf blower gets out of control and attacks my brewing equipment.
  3. Resting the kegs on angle iron. Even if any direct heat rises around the keg, it will not come directly in contact with wood.

The design for the stand is simple, utilitarian, and sturdy. The stand is made out of 2"x4" lumber. To connect the boards, I used 2 1/2" drywall screws. I particularly like these screws because they are inexpensive and very easy to use. I also find that they give adequate strength. Each joint has at least two drywall screws and one lag bolt holding it in place. The joints are butt joints that are not glued so that the stand can be easily disassembled if necessary. I used four heavy duty locking casters to make the stand more mobile.

The top shelf (A) consists of 2 22" sections and two 19" sections that are connected via butt joins to create a 22" square.

The middle shelf (B) consists of 2 44" pieces of lumber and three 19" pieces.

The lower shelf and the bottom shelf (C) are each made of two 66" pieces of lumber and four 19" pieces.

The diagram at the left shows how on the lower two shelves (B and C), the middle 19" peices oflumber are slightly offset so that at one end of each shelf there is a 22" square wherethe keg will sit. The diagram does not represent the way the stand is to be assembled; it wasassembled so that the 22" square was available on each shelf on one end.

Below are two views of my stand, a side view and an end view. From these views, you can see the spacing of the three tiers. Also, you can see that the 2"x4" uprights are attached with two drywall screws each to the sides of the shelves. On the end of the stand, I have a brace that prevents the stand from wobbling.