How can I turn stainless steel sheet metal into a cylinder?

I'm working on a ice cream churn and I've hit a wall with the cylinder construction. How thick should the steel be if I want it to be thin enough to bend easily without kinks yet thick enough do that it's sturdy? I don't have many tools, so how could I bend it to the right shape and diameter could I braze the steel together using a soldering torch and brazing compond? I'm planning on making it about 16 inches diameter by 2 1/2 feet. Any help would be welcome. Thank you!

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It would usually be "rolled" by a sheet metal shop - it would take them less than 15 minutes. 20 G/ 1mm stainless is probably thick enough for what you want.

Why not just modify a stainless wastepaper bin or something ?
sugarworm (author) 5 years ago
Why the hell did I immediately go for the hardest solution? I'm an idiot. Thanks for the help.
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lol... It happens to all of us.

Maybe you could give Steve the best answer credit (since he offered up an alternative idea first). ;)
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canucksgirl5 years ago
For those dimensions, you could look for a stainless steel bucket, like an ice bucket, or a milk bucket. There are also canisters, garbage cans (like Steve suggested), or a stock pot that would also work rather well. To keep costs down, try looking in a thrift type store, or a discount outlet for something made of stainless steel that would work. As long as the quality is there, even if it was used, there won't be anything wrong with it. Just give it a good cleaning.