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chucknut 02-28-2012 09:07 PM

Rubbermaid Cooler Hlt
 
Hey,

I was wondering what is the best way to Ground a 2000w element in a 10 gal rubbermaid cooler? I have seen a few different ways. Just wondering what you all thought. Thanks

chucknut 02-29-2012 02:53 PM

Nobody ah. I was just wondering who has done it and how they did it. Just want to make sure i am doing it correctly.

wilserbrewer 02-29-2012 05:54 PM

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/grou...lement-166701/

I have also seen the element tapped for a ground screw on the backside of the lug or nut portion.

stevehaun 02-29-2012 07:04 PM

Instead of a cooler I would recommend using a HDPE barrel. The walls are very thick and it is very easy to install a bulkhead or element. They also hold heat much better than SS. They come in many sizes from 8 gal to 55 gal.
Something like this:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Plastic-Barr...#ht_500wt_1202
I use a 55 gallon version for my mash tun. It is very heavy duty.

broadbill 02-29-2012 07:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stevehaun (Post 3843542)
Instead of a cooler I would recommend using a HDPE barrel. The walls are very thick and it is very easy to install a bulkhead or element. They also hold heat much better than SS. They come in many sizes from 8 gal to 55 gal.
Something like this:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Plastic-Barr...#ht_500wt_1202
I use a 55 gallon version for my mash tun. It is very heavy duty.

Do they hold heat better than a cooler though? That is the real question.

inverted 02-29-2012 07:17 PM

Byo.com has article on how to ground. Check it out

stevehaun 02-29-2012 09:19 PM

No, I don't think a HDPE barrel will hold heat better than a cooler. But, they will hold heat better than a SS vessel. The OP is building an electric HLT and the differences in electric utilization would be minimal between a cooler and a HDPE barrel.


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