Originally Posted by 72Chevelle
Has anyone ever built a system using a herms setup and used there stovetop to speed up the heating of the water. Basically i am looking to do 2.5 gallon batches and use my 16 qt stainless pot and put a copper coil in it and a 240v 5500 ULWD element running at 120v so it should run at 1375 watts, use a pump and hoses to constantly recirculate through my 5 gallon cooler. Then do the boil as usual on the stove and maybe upgrade later to an electric boil kettle and do the same thing, use the stove eye to speed up the getting to boil process. I would build my box to be able to expand to later add the addition pid for the boil. The reasoning behind not going with a standard 2000 w 120 volt element is I am in an apartment and dont know if the outlets can handle it and am nowhere near my dryer plug so no option on a 220v outlet. I am very much a noob at this and dont know if this is an option.
I use my kitchen stove plus a LWD 120V 1650 Watt element to boil 10 gallon batches now. The element plugs straight into the wall and I regulate my boil with the stove eye control. It works well but I generate a lot of steam with 10 gallons.
I bought the 1650 watt element, the box, power cord, stainless steel nut and box cover all as a complete kit from one of the online vendors.