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Old 12-31-2013, 03:26 PM   #1
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Last Summer, Bobby_M posted a thread regarding his Weldless Triclover Element enclosure.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f170/wel...lement-428247/

This appeared to generate quite a bit of excitement, and units were sold out very quickly. From the above thread, it appears that the weldless triclover attachment (the bolt-on or lock-nut version) has been tabled, but the website shows a couple of weldless non-triclover versions:

http://www.brewhardware.com/rimsherm...6-elementparts

Items #4 & 5 are the weldless-only adaptations.

I'm particularly interested in hearing of anyone's experience with the weldless versions. I'm not sure I want to try my hand at soldering - even after viewing Bobby's excellent video, but I'm very interested in the weldless versions. There are many interesting ideas on the "Show Us Your Element Housing" thread, but I can see no reason for fashioning my own housing when, for $24-30, I can have a perfectly good pre-made one - unless I'll be "brewing with Martha Stewart".

Has anyone - who's afraid of welding/soldering - purchased either of the weldless adaptations? Please either post your experiences or PM me.

Thanks,
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My first ekettle i built i used the weld less lock nut with O ring setup. I worked fine but is more of a permeant solution . If your going to use a ripple style element you will not be able to mount is toward the bottom of the kettle. This is because it screws in vs being calmed in. With the TC setup i can take my element out and clean it, not so easy when its locked in place . One of the biggest reasons for a TC setup thats often over looked is that you can pull the element out and cap it off. Then you can use your brew pot on a outdoor burner at a friends house. Your not married to having a element in your pot.

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Old 01-01-2014, 12:15 AM   #3
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I have option 5, goes together easy and gives a nice finished look. Comes with everything you need except element, wire and plug. I've only done one batch so far with it so far but seems like it should hold up fine.

I can see the plus to the triclover version but didn't want my experiment with silver solder on my brand new kettle.

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I've never soldered before but I managed to attach two (BK/HTL) without much trouble. After watching the video I felt prepared enough to do it, and it turned out ok, not beautiful but it works. IMHO it's a great solution for mounting an element. imageuploadedbyhome-brew1388548636.322727.jpg

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I've never soldered before but I managed to attach two (BK/HTL) without much trouble. After watching the video I felt prepared enough to do it, and it turned out ok, not beautiful but it works. IMHO it's a great solution for mounting an element.
I may try soldering. Yours looks great. My kettle is 12.75" in diameter. It was an inexpensive kettle. The video makes it look so easy. If I screw up my kettle, it won't be as if I had purchased a really nice one and messed it up.

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I just used a cheap 40qt Concord pot, that way if I messed up I was only out $60 or so. But the only thing you can really mess up is making the hole, you can fix the solder joint.

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I have been thinking of switching from a locknut set up to a soldiered TC. I already have an 1 1/4" hole punched in the pots. Has anyone done the same?

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Last Summer, Bobby_M posted a thread regarding his Weldless Triclover Element enclosure.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f170/wel...lement-428247/

This appeared to generate quite a bit of excitement, and units were sold out very quickly. From the above thread, it appears that the weldless triclover attachment (the bolt-on or lock-nut version) has been tabled, but the website shows a couple of weldless non-triclover versions:

http://www.brewhardware.com/rimsherm...6-elementparts

Items #4 & 5 are the weldless-only adaptations.

I'm particularly interested in hearing of anyone's experience with the weldless versions. I'm not sure I want to try my hand at soldering - even after viewing Bobby's excellent video, but I'm very interested in the weldless versions. There are many interesting ideas on the "Show Us Your Element Housing" thread, but I can see no reason for fashioning my own housing when, for $24-30, I can have a perfectly good pre-made one - unless I'll be "brewing with Martha Stewart".

Has anyone - who's afraid of welding/soldering - purchased either of the weldless adaptations? Please either post your experiences or PM me.

Thanks,
Keith
I meant to stay out of this thread for a while but let me just drop in this nugget... Using a locknut and oring to install the electric elements is really one of the oldest ways I've seen it done. The oring is sometimes put between the element flange and pot and sometimes on the inside of the pot behind the locknut. The simple EWL enclosure really just gets squeezed between the element and pot with the oring inside the pot under the locknut.
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Thanks for chiming in, Bobby. I'm trying to decide between your locknut option vs trying my luck at soldering on my 7.5 gal economy SS kettle.
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Go with solder. It's not necessary but the option to easily remove the element is really nice.

Just take your time, follow the directions and learn something new. You'll be so proud when it's done!

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