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Old 05-08-2011, 06:21 PM   #1
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Default Actual in-kettle element length?

I'm so confused. My kettle has a 15 inch inside diameter. From what I've seen, Blichmann Boilermaker 20 gallon kettles have a 17.7 inch diameter.

In Kal's build, he shows this element (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...SIN=B000BPG4LI) which says on Amazon that it's got a 17.7 inch length, and it's nowhere near across the entire diameter of his kettle.

So question is, how long are these elements, actually? Like in pot length, if mounted via a hole in the side of the kettle? Can I fit this in a 15 inch diameter kettle?

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Old 05-09-2011, 02:46 PM   #2
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I would contact the seller, though a quick glance at the product info states it requires a minimum 15" diameter.

The seller will have a tech spec sheet to tell you length from tip to fitting.

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Old 05-09-2011, 03:22 PM   #3
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http://www.camco.net/#app=3e14&3529-...electedIndex=0

14" per mfg
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Old 05-10-2011, 01:36 AM   #4
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Psych,

I just measured mine- it's 13.5" from where the rubber gasket touches the hex to the tip of the element. The overall length is 14 3/8". The in kettle length will depend on what kind of fitting you use to attach it to on your kettle, but that doesn't matter in your case because you have plenty of room!

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Old 05-10-2011, 01:52 AM   #5
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Just another confirmation of length here with a couple of pics I snapped with my tape measure next to my Camco element.

Here is the length of the entire element:



And the length from the base of the element where it enters the threads:

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I'm betting Amazon is reporting the length of the packaging, not the actual element. Feel like putting that tape on the entire backer for the packaged element Natty?

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Yeah not a problem. I'll snap a pic when I get home from work today. I am guessing they are referencing the length of the packaging.

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Wow thanks guys, totally what I was looking for!

That'll fit great, now to figure out how to get one shipped to Canada without paying 5x as much for it..grrr...curse you Amazon, you tease!

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How much does Amazon want to charge you for shipping? I have no idea how much USPS charges for international shipping to Canada but I'd gladly help a fellow home brewer out to serve as a mail forwarder if USPS international is competitive. Let me know.

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Appreciate the offer, but I've found a comparable element locally finally. Whew! The Amazon shipping was cheap, like $7 or something, but using a forwarding service in Washington was going to cost some $30 extra.

So I wound up finding at Home Hardware (smaller version of Home Depot, maybe Canadian only) a 4500watt 240volt low density element that requires only 11.5 inches within the tank. That'll fit nicely, and they're local in case I accidentally burn it out I can always "no questions asked" money back guarantee it

It's hard to justify tripling the cost of the element just to get the extra low density version that is commonly used.

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