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Old 07-31-2012, 10:23 PM   #1
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http://www.homebrewstuff.com/15-boil...ontroller.html

I was thinking of trying one if these.
Does anyone have any experience with this? Does it work well?

My main use would be supplementing my rather weak gas stove. I have only done extract brewing to date. And may go to brew in a bag soon. I have seen inductions for making one, but i don't really want to go that route.
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Good gravy, $200 for 1800 watts? Why not use a couple of these?
http://www.amazon.com/MARSHALLTOWN-P...=bucket+heater

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Old 08-01-2012, 03:09 PM   #3
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Agreed, seems really expensive for what you're getting.

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Old 08-01-2012, 05:13 PM   #4
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Thanks for the suggestion.

So how well does that MARSHALLTOWN heater work? Is it reliable?

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I've used them on occasion (the $40 ones for sale on Amazon). They work great in clean water. I cannot vouch for their performance in wort...never tried it.

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Thanks for the suggestion.

So how well does that MARSHALLTOWN heater work? Is it reliable?
I haven't used mine very much lately, but it seems to be built in a solid way and it has some nice safety features. If I were in your shoes, I'd start with one of those and see if it's sufficient to supplement your stove.
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I will go with the $40 one. If it works well, great, if not, oh well it is not expensive.

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I used to use a Marshalltown bucket heater to supplement my gas stove. Works just fine. The only reason I don’t still use it is because I bit the bullet and added elements and got out of the kitchen.

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How much wort or water must there be? It seems tall.

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Old 08-03-2012, 11:02 PM   #10
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http://www.homebrewstuff.com/15-boil...ontroller.html

I was thinking of trying one if these.
Does anyone have any experience with this? Does it work well?

My main use would be supplementing my rather weak gas stove. I have only done extract brewing to date. And may go to brew in a bag soon. I have seen inductions for making one, but i don't really want to go that route.
I used one and I threw it out. The thing has a temperature control which is completely useless for a brew kettle because water boils at a constant 212F plus a little depending on your elevation above sea level. Then I tried it in a mash tun and had a serious scorching problem. The grain husks that were right on the element actually burned black. The last straw was when I was doing a boil using this item + my stove top and the housing started melting.
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