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Old 12-15-2011, 05:28 PM   #11
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Any problem with hops pellets or leaf burning on the hot element?

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Old 12-15-2011, 05:33 PM   #12
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Any problem with hops pellets or leaf burning on the hot element?
I bag my hops, so I can't directly answer that, but I don't think it would be any problem, simply because of the fact that I know that the nylon paint strainer bags do not melt/burn when they are in contact with the element. (I tested this by actually weighting down a bag and laying it right across the element and turning it on full-blast.)
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Old 12-15-2011, 05:41 PM   #13
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I bag my hops, so I can't directly answer that, but I don't think it would be any problem, simply because of the fact that I know that the nylon paint strainer bags do not melt/burn when they are in contact with the element. (I tested this by actually weighting down a bag and laying it right across the element and turning it on full-blast.)
Wow- I'm surprised it didn't melt. I see that your an EE- did you use ssr's or contractors?
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Old 12-15-2011, 05:57 PM   #14
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Wow- I'm surprised it didn't melt. I see that your an EE- did you use ssr's or contractors?
Single SSR on one of the hot legs for control of the element during mash/boil.
Double pole contactor as a manual 'kill' switch to cut both hot legs to the element.
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Old 12-15-2011, 07:13 PM   #15
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I bought a Camco 5500W ULWD element from Home Depot part# 15597 for $17. It's incoloy, has a straight foldback and came with a lifetime warranty. The store people said if it ever fails they would replace it with another, free of charge.

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I bought a Camco 5500W ULWD element from Home Depot part# 15597 for $17. It's incoloy, has a straight foldback and came with a lifetime warranty. The store people said if it ever fails they would replace it with another, free of charge.
Cool. I got mine at HD, too.

I wonder if they will balk on that guarantee if they figure out what you were actually doing with it.
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Well, at the pace I'm going, It'll probably end up in the water heater before I get the keggle built. The element in the bottom of the hot water tank burns up in about 6 months time. The tank is full of mineral deposits and they are too hard to remove. Maybe the ULWD will solve that problem. Besides, no one homebrews in Alabama - that would be illegal.

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Old 12-15-2011, 08:15 PM   #18
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Home depot web site states the camco 15597 to be LWD not ULWD.

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Old 12-15-2011, 08:42 PM   #19
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Home depot web site states the camco 15597 to be LWD not ULWD.
I just went electric recently and bought my elements at HD, and I know the one by me does not have ULWD in stock, just LWD. I bought the Camco LWD and it works great in my kettle, but I don't think HD normally stocks ULWD elements in the store, so I'm guessing the earlier poster meant LWD?
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Old 12-15-2011, 08:46 PM   #20
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Home depot web site states the camco 15597 to be LWD not ULWD.
I think their website is just wrong.

If you go to camco's website, it appears that EVERY element that is clad in the black incoloy material is an ULWD element.
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