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Old 09-30-2013, 03:54 PM   #21
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So I am upgrading from 1500W elements to 1650W elements in hope to improve my boil without insulating the keggle. What are the best ways to go about bending the elements? How fragile are they? I plan on putting them in a vise grip (nut side) and gently bending them with my hand.

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Old 09-30-2013, 05:17 PM   #22
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I just recently installed two 1700 watt elements. I bent them with my hands by gently rolling them back and forth over a large soup can. Worked like a charm!

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Old 09-30-2013, 05:41 PM   #23
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Awesome idea. Sounds like a much safer, less brute force method.

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Old 09-30-2013, 06:54 PM   #24
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They bent surprisingly easily. I was pretty apprehensive about doing it and picked a large diameter can but it was so easy I think I worried needlessly.

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Old 09-30-2013, 07:18 PM   #25
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why do the elements need bending?

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Old 09-30-2013, 08:21 PM   #26
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I have the elements right now at 180 degrees from each other. The new elements are of a lower density and much longer, therefore they would interfere with each other. As seen in the pic below.

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Old 09-30-2013, 10:34 PM   #27
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oh you don't want them sword fighting each other. I got cha

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