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Old 08-01-2010, 03:37 PM   #1
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Default Another way to protect an element?

I see a lot of questions with people worried about damaging their heating element with an immersion chiller, melting their BIAB, etc. I haven't seen this done before, but WHAT IF you put some perforated stainless tube around the element with some room for circulation? I figure you'd still be able to reach a boil, you could probably even drill some of the holes out. Alternatively, I guess you could solder "roll bars" around the element and get the same effect.

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Old 08-01-2010, 09:21 PM   #2
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I would think you'd need more circulation around the element, or scorching may occur. Im no scientist, but I did stay at a Holiday INN Express once!

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As a side note, my Lil Sparky hop bag sits right on the element and doesn't melt.

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That good for a bag, but if you're using a basket like me or even an IC, you need something stronger....

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I think it would be strong enough for an IC but maybe a "leg" on the very end between the perf tube and bottom of the pot.

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Old 08-02-2010, 02:59 PM   #7
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I had this idea but abandoned it because I could not find 304 or 316 ss perf tubing from any USA retailers, save for one, willing to sell small quantities to an individual let alone at a decent price point; a 12" piece was $100+ from the lone retailer for a frame of reference.

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Old 08-02-2010, 03:01 PM   #8
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I sit a copper coil right on top of the element with no problems so far (and the nylon paint strainers do not melt when they touch the element either).

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