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Old 07-18-2013, 12:10 PM   #1
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Hi! I'm building my first heatstick to experiment with, and was wondering if there was a preference - Right Angle of Straight? Thanks!

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Old 07-18-2013, 12:30 PM   #2
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I built all of my heat sticks at a 90° angle on both ends, only takes a few inches of water/wort to cover and start heating, and the 90° at the top helps with handling.

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Old 07-18-2013, 12:57 PM   #3
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Both of mine are 90°, for the same reasons as millstone.

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Old 07-19-2013, 03:04 AM   #4
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Keep in mind the additional length the elbow adds to the element relative to the diameter of the kettle.

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All four of mine are 90* at the bottom, and have a 180* trap piece at the top. I could not use a straight one in my kettles without filling them very full. A straight one would also be harder to use in my rectangular cooler mash tun. I like the hook at the top for avoiding having any splash get down inside, and also for hooking them onto the side of my kettles. I am using kettles, not keggles, so there is no inner lip to clear.

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Mine is 180*. I've never actually done it but I've come very close to pulling the element out of the liquid on accident. I can see how this wouldn't be such a problem with the 90*. If I didn't already have the 180* one built I would definitely make a 90*.

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Sounds like a 90-degree stick is the way to go. Thanks for the feedback!

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I have used all straight sticks for years, Actually have four of em now, and don't really see the benefit of an angled stick. I am always heating at lest enough to cover the element. Cleaning and dealing with an oversized heat stick with a bend seems like a hassle to me...I like em straight and would never consider building one with a 90...jmho...cheers!

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