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Old 11-08-2013, 01:54 AM   #51
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FWIW, I used silicone on the waste pipe threads because if I think the wire connections are not perfect, I want to get in there and fix it. I prefer NO silicone or JB on the wire connections themselves so I KNOW nothing is between the metal-to-metal contact; the junction box (metal waste pipe) should protect it from moisture.

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Old 11-08-2013, 05:08 AM   #52
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I used jb weld on the connections to the element. Also used jb weld where the element connects to the metal pipe. So it is water proof from the outside, but should water/wort get inside the connections are encased. I did not use jb weld where the PVC connects to the metal pipe with the compression fitting as it has a gasket and with my sticks this part is always above liquid line so it only needs to keep out an occasional splash. This gasket is sufficient to do so. I did however keep this area submerged in the waterproof tests, so I know it is waterproof without the jb weld.

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Old 11-08-2013, 05:12 AM   #53
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Here is a pic of the jb weld curing on both sides of the connection

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Old 11-08-2013, 05:36 PM   #54
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awesome. thanks for the input.

i will use JB weld on the element/pipe connection and on the ground wire screw location and silicone to seal the pipe threads.

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Old 11-11-2013, 03:36 AM   #55
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I am not electrically inclined. Is there a place where I can go for instructions on this? I'd really like to switch to electric.

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Old 11-11-2013, 01:02 PM   #56
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Google search heat stick build and the first two links are good resources.

Edit: wasn't able to do links earlier.
http://www.3d0g.net/brewing/heatstick
http://www.cedarcreeknetworks.com/heatstick.htm

These are the two I used for reference.

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Old 11-12-2013, 06:35 PM   #58
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Just looked at the link. 1500W is the highest of that portable immersion type I've ever seen. Just for scale, it's 10" long according to the lister.

To make it impervious, I would probably open up the connector housing and fill it with silicone. There is no image of the plug, but most of those "portable" sticks are only 2-prong without ground.
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Google search heat stick build and the first two links are good resources.

Edit: wasn't able to do links earlier.
http://www.3d0g.net/brewing/heatstick
http://www.cedarcreeknetworks.com/heatstick.htm

These are the two I used for reference.
That second link belongs to Tom Bardenwerper, claimed inventor of the brewing heat stick, occasional brewing partner, and fellow member of the Trubmeisters homebrew club.
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That second link belongs to Tom Bardenwerper, claimed inventor of the brewing heat stick, occasional brewing partner, and fellow member of the Trubmeisters homebrew club.
Well if you see him, tell him thanks for the direction as my sticks are beyond successful. I've brewed more in the time I've built these than the past six months.
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