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Boerderij_Kabouter 12-16-2010 01:16 PM

Show us your element housings/pots. How did you do it?
I can't believe this thread doesn't exist. Let's put together a resource for people to see how they want to protect themselves for electrocution!

I'll go first...

My BK uses a rubber coated keg, so my situation may be a bit different.


It is a cannibalized plastic box with an all weather face plate. The recessed outlet is sealed up with silicone and the box is fully plastic welded (plastic specific epoxy) to the keg exterior.

I used a profile guage to steal the profile of the keg:


Then, I traced that profile onto the box, and cut it out with my mini band saw.

Then I clamped the box in place with a bungie cord, and epoxied the crap out of it. Wiped smooth with a squeegee and bob's yer uncle.


The flash picks up some extra epoxy, but it looks perfect with the naked eye.

Layne 12-16-2010 01:34 PM

You KNOW I'm ready to do mine, so I'll be watching this thread with interest.

ScubaSteve 12-16-2010 02:06 PM

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For my elements, I used 1" SLB conduit elbows, boring the hole a little larger with a step bit. Then I inserted the element, wired it up to include a strain relief at the bottom, and filled it with JB Weld. I let the epoxy cure overnight, not moving it until it hardened right where I wanted it. Then I screwed on the backplate and attached the ground wire to a lug I soldered on the kettle.

Just hope I don't burn out an element....it's more work than I'd want to do every few brews, but it's rock solid and as safe as I could make it.

stevehaun 12-16-2010 02:44 PM

Sorry for the link but I have never figured out how to post pics here.
Too make a long story short, I had 1/4" ss bolts welded to my kettles and then bolted on a waterproof outlet box. I drilled a hole in the back big enough to go over the electric element coupling and then used silicone caulking to seal up.

Diver165 12-16-2010 02:46 PM

Yes awesome thread. Im getting ready to go electric and I need tips and advice

hatfieldenator 12-16-2010 07:43 PM

Here's mine. Its a custom Sabco HLT for my HERMS set up. They welded a half coupler for me for the heating element. I was able to simply drill a hole in the electrical box, insert the heating element, add the gasket it came with, and screw it into the half coupler. It made for a water tight seal without even using teflon. I will probably add high temp silicone in the box as well just to be safe.

trigger 12-16-2010 10:51 PM

I did exactly what hatfieldenator did, but used a single gang box and soldered a 1" NPS locknut to the keg.


Boar Beer 12-17-2010 01:31 PM

Will send photos ASAP

Yambor44 12-27-2010 06:01 PM

With the exception of the OP, how do you clean your kettles with those wires permanently affixed?

I am getting ready to convert my system to electric, but want to be able to remove the wire from the pot for cleaning.

ScubaSteve 12-27-2010 07:48 PM

I plan on CIP, but my element screws right out and my ground wire can be removed from the lug.

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