I just finished the second of my 1500w sticks using the basic build plans all over the internet. Last week, I brewed using my first one and my burner. When I reached boil, I turned off the burner with the intention of using my stick to maintain the boil. It was WAY too strong! I ended up switching to the burner for the boil. This was a 6 gallon boil.
My intention is to use my two sticks from now on without the burner, so I'd like to be able to "turn down" one of them to keep the boil at a reasonable level. IS there anything simple out there that would work? My internet searches based on my VERY limited electrical knowledge are yielding me dimmers that cost over $200.