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Old 09-17-2012, 03:55 AM   #1
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It's about to get cold here before too long in middle America. I was wondering if anyone had any good suggestions for heating elements to add to HTL tanks and/or boil kettles. A stainless pot and converted keg. If possible I would like to not have to rewire any electrical outlets and stick to the 20a in the kitchen. I just do 5 gallon batches and if it takes a little longer to boil or reach strike temps that's fine if I don't have to do any electrical conversions ( in college and I rent). Am new to electric heating so I may need a description from bottoms up. I have the main idea behind electric conversion and I want to mount the on/off / thermostat on the side of the HTL/BK I really just don't know exactly what to purchase.

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Old 09-17-2012, 12:47 PM   #2
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Most simple and basic method is to install a 2000w element
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100163361/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=2000w+water+heater+element&storeId=100 51
in an 8-10 gallon kettle and plug in directly to a 20a GFI outlet. This will be slow on its own, but can be put on a stovetop as well. Weldless fittings, locknut and gasket for the element available from "Bobby M" here http://www.brewhardware.com/fittings/75-stainless-locknut

http://www.kegkits.com/electricbrewpot.htm

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Old 09-19-2012, 02:37 AM   #3
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You'll need a step bit or KO punch for the hole. 1.25" hole is needed. You'll also want to "pot" your element connections. Make sure the 20 amp outlet you use is a gfci.

2000W is about perfect for a 5-6 gallon boil.

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