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Old 11-11-2011, 04:06 PM   #1
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Transferring strike water to MLT, walked away without turning off my E-HLT element... After strike water filled MLT, we heard a loud pop, saw a bright flash and then heard some sizzling noise...

This is what was left of my element:


Be careful kids... We almost lost a few eyebrows that day...

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Old 11-11-2011, 04:18 PM   #2
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Sorry to see.

You need a float switch, which reminds me that I have to install mine one of these days. They are cheap from McMaster.

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Old 11-11-2011, 04:21 PM   #3
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Transferring strike water to MLT, walked away without turning off my E-HLT element... After strike water filled MLT, we heard a loud pop, saw a bright flash and then heard some sizzling noise...
Youch. Thanks for posting. I've done about 50 batches on my electric system without one of these failures, but I know it's waiting for me.
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Old 11-11-2011, 04:22 PM   #4
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I did a similar thing, but I accidently plugged in my HLT plug instead of my pond pump for chilling. When I walked over to see why the pond wasnt running, I heard the pop and saw the smoke.

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Thanks for sharing!

Note to self...when testing the new E-rig I'm building, make sure there's water in the kettle before firing up the element.

I might have to think about a float switch too - I could see myself doing that.

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Old 11-11-2011, 05:40 PM   #6
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Sorry for your loss, but this is good to actually see what happens, so thanks for posting a pic!

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Sorry to see.

You need a float switch, which reminds me that I have to install mine one of these days. They are cheap from McMaster.
Or a ULWD element, i have heard they survive dry firing?
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Old 11-12-2011, 01:29 AM   #8
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aww... you let the magic electric smoke out... good luck getting it back in there

at least electric elements arent too expensive

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It actually "melted" to the point that it just sagged onto my thermometer stem... Not a tragedy, but still a little unnerving none the less...

The new element (3800w vs 4500w) is already in production...

I have heard the ULWD elements don't burn up, but I don't think that is something I want to try...

Poor Nealf is still a little gun shy of walking next to my rig...

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Is that an orange silicone o-ring between the inside keg wall and the lock nut? Do you have another one between the element hex and the outside of the keg?

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