Plastic pressure barrels?

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    I used plastic 2" necked PB for years with mixed success. They used to be relatively cheap but they are unreliable. They leak mainly due to pressure and especially in warm weather. The cap washers are a nightmare and the taps are not fit for purpose. I had to leave just filled and primed barrels on the draining board if we were going away for a few days. So I moved to bottling but since I joined this forum have bought two Cornelius keg which are great.
     
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    No just the ones Wilco sold.
     
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    Hi Cheshire, I have 2 wilko barrels with the 4 inch cap, what I find is if you over tighten the cap it leaks you only need a quarter of a turn once you feel resistence athumb.. and they are a doddle to clean
     
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    I've got 5 and they're 2" caps and a pig to clear, so much so I've scrapped one. Haven't used them in a while but will make some use over Xmas
     
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    +1 on cleaning I have a youngs one with a 2 inch cap it's a nightmare to clean
     
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    I find to clean the 2" ...oxi and hot water...lots of shaking..
     
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    Cheers Clint will try that athumb..
     
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    Because friction is a good cleaner I've got a big brush which I can bend and then a lot of hot water soap and shaking.
     
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    In my first experience of a new PB from Wilko the first usage requires as tight as tight can get via normal hand tightening. Because my testing indicated that whilst I thought it was tight enough that pressure testing indicated it was not seal tightened. Another 3cm tighter, seems fine and holding pressure.

    Of cause, my experience does not account for that the ring seal was a flat as opposed to an apparent round one in the past in Wilko PB's, that it was pre Vaseline coated & the thread tightly wrapped with PTFE tape. And even then the Vaseline & PTFE suggestions for a better seal seems to have mixed opinions on if its worth doing.

    But I'm sure I read that being a 4" lid, that the king keg lids are a great alternative replacement. If so, surely the barrel is fine, but more issues are with either the original tap or lid?.
     
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    Same for me! love em cornies :D:D:cool:.
     

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