Only in a bucket with a false bottom
Seriously, I did dissect the heatsticks and found that both elements had failed open. There was no sign of water intrusion. I never dry fired them so they must have just worn-out, or had a manufacturing defect that lead to their early demise.
I have since built 2 new ones this week, and smoke tested them yesterday. Both passed no smoke or harmonic noise, and I’m looking forward to getting back to brewing this weekend.