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Old 02-24-2010, 04:56 PM   #631
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What kind of issues are there with having extra water in the tank?

Um, having to refill the HLT whenever you pump water from it to keep the element submerged. Remembering to turn off the element when you transfer from the HLT so that you dont start the cooler on fire... etc.


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Old 02-24-2010, 05:03 PM   #632
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Excuse my naivety...
Except for pumping out at strike and sparge, when else do you need to pump water out of the HLT? Can't I turn off the element at those points?
Maybe I'll put a float switch to turn the element off if the water level gets too low.



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Old 02-24-2010, 05:41 PM   #633
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Um, having to refill the HLT whenever you pump water from it to keep the element submerged. Remembering to turn off the element when you transfer from the HLT so that you dont start the cooler on fire... etc.
Yes, IMHO it is always nice to have the element require as little water as possible so that you do not need to have a large water contingency in the HLT to submerge it.
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Old 02-24-2010, 05:44 PM   #634
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Cool, at least I'm understanding the issues for my design. I'll try and keep it as short as possible...

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Old 02-24-2010, 06:18 PM   #635
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Why don't you just coil the element so that it is submerged by say, half a gallon of water?

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Old 02-24-2010, 06:23 PM   #636
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Why don't you just coil the element so that it is submerged by say, half a gallon of water?
How would I go about doing that? Are the elements flexible?
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How would I go about doing that? Are the elements flexible?
Some are, some are not, depends on the type and how crazy you get with bending. Dont forget, you cant get too creative because you also have a coil in there that you do not want it to interfere with.
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Old 02-24-2010, 07:49 PM   #638
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How would I go about doing that? Are the elements flexible?
I'm pretty sure they can be bent to a certain degree.
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Old 02-25-2010, 04:43 AM   #639
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the breaker is gfci protected as they do not make 30 amp recpts gfci protected because most of the time they r appliances circuits. So your protection comes from the breaker I am an electrician, You did a good job most people just put a regular breaker in. twist locks r a good option because they can't b unplugged but u prob. have to make up your own cord end then because they use a special head on them.

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i never advise anyone to do any thing i just put my knowledge out there to do what one wants to. no i would not go male to male. As for the gfi cord and the neutral problem (not sure how to copy post ) They problem i would assume is that your gfci is in the cord. If you r neutral is not hooked up in any gfci it will trip that's what it's made to do. If you have a gfci breaker your getting your neutral from the bar u hook it up in at the panel



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