Originally Posted by samc
Silicone and certain metals don't always do well together. Check before doing with silicone manufacturers specs.
I was at the hardware store today to pick up some eyelets, the power cable for the HLT and asked a few questions. I was told silicone would not be necessary.
I just drilled out the turkey fryer/HLT and drilled it with a bi-metal 1 1/8" in diameter. The element is 1 1/4 but the guy at the store suggested drilling smaller then filing it to fit to ensure snugness. I did so - and it seems great.
I am going for supper but will check for leaks after supper - prior to plugging it in. If there are no leaks THEN I'll power it up with some water to see how long it takes.