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Old 02-18-2013, 02:48 PM   #1
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I have been researching electric brewing, and I thought I would bring this up. This is a Teflon coated 5.5 kw element.


So I do know low watt density is important, and I assume it is related to surface area, which their is plenty of here. I am looking for feedback, or any comment on this.
This element is used in a spa, and obviously is very durable.
I know Teflon is used in valves and some cookware so I would think it would be ok to use.
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Why don't you send a link with detailed information related to the element? Manufacturer, specifications, etc. would help anyone who wanted to assist you. A picture, in this case, is difficult to assess. Also, what do you feel that this element will give you that the Camco type ULWD elements that are often used by homebrewers here does not offer?

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Old 02-18-2013, 02:55 PM   #3
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How much do they cost? The 5500 and 4500w elements I was looking at the other day in Home Depot looked pretty good for like 20 bucks, and I have not heard reports of people wearing them out...

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Just don't scrape off any of that teflon into your beer. Very toxic.

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Why don't you send a link with detailed information related to the element? Manufacturer, specifications, etc. would help anyone who wanted to assist you. A picture, in this case, is difficult to assess. Also, what do you feel that this element will give you that the Camco type ULWD elements that are often used by homebrewers here does not offer?
Well, price and durability were the 2 things that came up. This also is available in in a non coated version ( both are incoloy).
I see it this way, I can get an element for $30-40 that is the same materials listed on a brew site, I can avoid retail markup. I am in the pool/spa industry so I can get a good price. I have not purchased anything yet, I am just asking for feedback.
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It's a resistive element designed for heating water. If used within parameters, I don't see any glaring problems. The terminals look bare,the nuts look like they might be live. How could it be installed?

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Just don't scrape off any of that teflon into your beer. Very toxic.
I don't read the article as stating Teflon coatings are very toxic. There is a huge amount of info on the pros and cons of that polymer. I would rather discuss the pros and cons in the general chit chat rather than entirely divert this thread.
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The gas given off by burning Teflon is toxic, Teflon is harmless.
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[QUOTE=Epimetheus;4916509]It's a resistive element designed for heating water. If used within parameters, I don't see any glaring problems. The terminals look bare,the nuts look like they might be live. How could it be installed?



No, the mounting nuts are not live, it would mount in 2 small holes vs one large hole. The white is an epoxy potted flange. Power connects on the smaller nut on the end.
Not trying to reinvent the wheel, but no reason not to seek out all options.

Their website really does not have a lot of info, and are only available through distribution.

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The gas given off by burning Teflon is toxic, Teflon is harmless.
Not sure I would scrape any of the coating off, they are heavy duty elements. I think most elements are coated, so I would think its a risk with others as well.
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Just don't scrape off any of that teflon into your beer. Very toxic.
Phooey. Teflon is safe up to 400°C.
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