Ss Brewing Technologies Giveaway!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Electric Brewing > Another newbie question. This time about heating elements.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 03-06-2012, 06:35 AM   #1
firstRWD
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 40
Default Another newbie question. This time about heating elements.

Do I need to look for anything specific? I have an acquaintance that works in the industry(replaces boilers, furnaces, water heaters, etc) and I'm thinking I could ask him to keep an eye out for something in the 3500-5000W range for me out of an old water heater or something and get a heating element for free. Then I could use the plug for my stove and build a control panel to brew without the propane. Will that work or is this idea a no go?

I'm young, poor, and live in an apartment, so I'm trying to go electric for as cheap as possible...

__________________
firstRWD is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-06-2012, 02:50 PM   #2
tator2k
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Savage, MN
Posts: 96
Likes Given: 4

Default

A normal element would only cost you in the $10-$30 range. Any type of control panel will setup back a few hundred bucks. Look at the Higher Gravity products if that's the way you want to go.

__________________
tator2k is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-06-2012, 04:52 PM   #3
kal
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
kal's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Posts: 2,123
Liked 207 Times on 141 Posts
Likes Given: 6

Default

I would look for an ULWD (ultra-low-watt-density) heating element like the Camco 5500W that most of us use. Of the benefits is that if you turn it on by mistake when it's not in water or wort, you won't fry it.

Kal

kal is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-06-2012, 06:22 PM   #4
yjfun
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Arlington, Washington
Posts: 225
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

PWM $13
SSR W/ Heatsink $17
Camco ULWD 5500watt Element $25
TOTAL $55

Cheap Electric Brewing $Priceless

__________________
yjfun is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-06-2012, 06:43 PM   #5
KitB
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Maple Grove, MN
Posts: 78
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts
Likes Given: 12

Default

The copper wire is probably the most expensive portion, if you're going that cheap.

__________________
KitB is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-06-2012, 09:27 PM   #6
firstRWD
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 40
Default

OK, what does PMW stand for? You can't search for it because it's too short and the search function refuses the term. I've found that term in several places now, but no one uses whatever it stands for so I never figured out what it is. Judging from what you said, yjfun, it looks like it would take the place of the control panel, but only cost $13?

EDIT: Oops. That explains why I got no results searching around for PMW...

__________________
firstRWD is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-06-2012, 09:38 PM   #7
lud
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Billings, Montana
Posts: 230
Liked 12 Times on 11 Posts

Default

PWM...not pmw.

__________________
lud is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-06-2012, 11:08 PM   #8
Airplanedoc
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
Airplanedoc's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Illinois, and people thought Detroit was bad
Posts: 1,759
Liked 288 Times on 215 Posts
Likes Given: 77

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by firstRWD View Post
Do I need to look for anything specific? I have an acquaintance that works in the industry(replaces boilers, furnaces, water heaters, etc) and I'm thinking I could ask him to keep an eye out for something in the 3500-5000W range for me out of an old water heater or something and get a heating element for free. Then I could use the plug for my stove and build a control panel to brew without the propane. Will that work or is this idea a no go?

I'm young, poor, and live in an apartment, so I'm trying to go electric for as cheap as possible...
I picked up my element 5500W ULWD at Farm and Fleet ( or Fleet and farm) for $23. You should have one in or near Madison.
__________________
Airplanedoc is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-07-2012, 01:18 AM   #9
thargrav
Registered User
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Posts: 821
Liked 38 Times on 35 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by firstRWD View Post
OK, what does PMW stand for? You can't search for it because it's too short and the search function refuses the term. I've found that term in several places now, but no one uses whatever it stands for so I never figured out what it is. Judging from what you said, yjfun, it looks like it would take the place of the control panel, but only cost $13?

EDIT: Oops. That explains why I got no results searching around for PMW...
PWM = Pulse Width Modulation.

The circuit switched on and off and you vary the percent on, usually with a variable resistor or potentiometer.
__________________
thargrav is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-10-2012, 06:02 AM   #10
firstRWD
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 40
Default

So looking at the Camco ULWD 5500watt heating element they have on Amazon, it says it's a 14". Is that just the heating element part or the whole thing? I'm going to be using a keg(keggle) and just want to make sure that's not gonna be too long for my brew pot before I order one.

__________________
firstRWD is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Why do I keep burning-out heating elements? boist Electric Brewing 2 01-23-2012 03:04 PM
Heating Elements ruskii Electric Brewing 12 01-19-2012 10:20 AM
Need advise on heating elements BamaRooster Electric Brewing 4 11-04-2011 03:34 PM
Holes for heating elements? lonepalm Electric Brewing 5 07-31-2011 09:22 PM
Question on heating elements ddknight Electric Brewing 0 07-06-2011 04:09 AM