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Old 05-18-2014, 08:49 PM   #1
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Default DIY element guard on the cheap

I'm looking into building my own element guard but I'm a bit uncertain about how good of an idea it is. The option I'm considering is taking a 2" TC end cap (red), drill a hole in it and then go for a regular 1" NPT heating element (teal), fixed with a locknut (grey).

Seeing as this is a commonly used method for attaching heating elements to kettles, I thought this might work too. Any yay or nay-sayers out there?




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Old 05-18-2014, 09:26 PM   #2
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Ok, so you would then have a 2" TC flat against the pot. What next? You can't get a TC clamp on that flange since it's too close to the pot.

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Old 05-18-2014, 11:18 PM   #3
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I am not exactly sure what you are trying to accomplish. I also see you said cheap, in my experience triclover fittings don't fit that description.

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Old 05-18-2014, 11:45 PM   #4
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Honestly, it's a solved problem for $30 you can get a nicely made weldless enclosure including stainless locknut from brew hardware. I'm super happy with mine:
http://www.brewhardware.com/rimsherm...6-elementparts

I did the DIY weldless before this on a different pot, and I'm way happier with this enclosure.

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Old 05-18-2014, 11:46 PM   #5
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I now realize that things in my head are not as obvious to others as they are to me, sorry about that.
On the kettle there will be a welded 2" TC ferrule, so you put this end-cap thing on with a gasket in between, slap a clamp on it and hopefully it doesn't leak.

Something similar to this, the pot is absent.




A friend of mine got some welding equipment, so making an element guard on my own would prove a lot cheaper than buying a pre-made one. However, if it doesn't work, then it would be pointless and a waste of time.

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Old 05-18-2014, 11:56 PM   #6
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Honestly, it's a solved problem for $30 you can get a nicely made weldless enclosure including stainless locknut from brew hardware. I'm super happy with mine:
http://www.brewhardware.com/rimsherm...6-elementparts

I did the DIY weldless before this on a different pot, and I'm way happier with this enclosure.

You are probably right. I'm thinking it'll be easier, better and mostly of all safer to buy one. Still, I'm curious to know if this idea works.
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Should work as for connecting it to your kettle, although it does not seems to help you guard the electrical end of your element though.

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Why not just use a TC x 1" NPT adaptor? That is what you are accomplising in your OP (maybe a little longer using the adapter).
Plus your design still needs to include an enclosure around the element terminals. Realisitcally you are not going to be able to make it all for much less (if any) than $30

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Why not just use a TC x 1" NPT adaptor? That is what you are accomplising in your OP (maybe a little longer using the adapter).
Plus your design still needs to include an enclosure around the element terminals. Realisitcally you are not going to be able to make it all for much less (if any) than $30

You're right, however, after freight+import taxes, it gets expensive. The one prefab option I'm seriously considering is from Stilldragon.EU. 3 units+shipping is USD$200. It's a sturdy unit, so I guess the price is right.
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I use the brewhardware.com option. It comes with either a 2" or 1.5" triclover option. And it can't be beat for the price. It'll probably cost around 200 for 3 with shipping to the eu. Plus u get great customer service from bobby.

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