Originally Posted by OhioBrewingTechnologies
Get the low density (physically larger) ones. Sometimes they can even handle dry firing!
Use an ohm meter to measure resistance between a screw terminal and ground. (Well, each terminal now that it's broke.) Maybe short to ground causing hot spot?
I would, but I don't have access to 240v in the kitchen. I'm not sure I could run it at 120v and still get the power to boil that I need. Do they make 8000kw elements?
I'd do the test, but I really don't want to try to dig the screw terminals out of the epoxy just to figure it out.
Is it possible the wort scorched and coated the element causing the failure? There was no burnt taste or anything to the wort or even the black crust that flaked off (and it was very thin).