Originally Posted by Bobby_M
I wasn't aware that you planned to heat your strike water through the RIMS. Most people use the HLT for that, get close and then use the RIMS for the last few degrees (and tun preheat).
The Patriot supply one looks really good though given the LWD and good length (the only downside is the price). No, it shouldn't be an issue that it's 2" shorter than the RIMS tube max length. I do recommend using a 4" probe RTD to get it further past the outflow port.
I heat up sparge water in a seperate HLT over propane for sparging and then use gravity to sparge.
I plan to use this electric to heat my MLT from tap temps usingn a magnetic pump and rims tube for recirculation.
For the boil back to propane.
So your saying it might not be a good idea to heat up the MLT water all the way up the mash temps? I should heat it on propane in my HLT and then dump in to my MLT? Is it becuase a 2000watt element just won't cut it for raising temps from 70 - 150 and then to 170 for mash out? (sounds like 2000 watt would be the way to go instead of 1700 watts given I want to heat my MLT strike water up with this from 70-150ish and then up to 170 for mash out?)
EDIT: I think I answered my own question. the 1700 watt element is 12.5" long(too long for my rims tube). Looks like I need to go with the 2000 watt 9.5" model.