Originally Posted by Devilsnight
thanks, good read.. So is there a way to control the heat stick? Other than unpluging it when you get to temp, for a reasonable price?
A heat stick is the ticket!!!
I use mine to assist the stove and unplug it when the boil is rolling. The stove seems to keep up the boil, just needs help getting there.
I've also thought of controlling the power. Things that come to mind are: A light dimmer, a Variac (old school variable transformer) and the PWM SSR often posted on here. Even a nice big single Diode would reduce power 50%, which may be enough.
I'm just not sure if the GFCI plays well with these devices though.
Build the stick and see if you
need the temp control.