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Old 03-03-2013, 05:09 AM   #1
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Default Tri Clover Heater Element - Size?

I am working on a pot for 10gal batches.

I was leaning towards a tri-clover type clamp system for the element.

At this point, I don't have an element picked out yet - I do want a good one.

I was seeing there are pros/cons on 1-1/2" vs 2" Tri Clover Ferrule.

Tri Clover 1-1/2" has this adapter
http://www.brewershardware.com/TC15F10NPSCOV.html

And this 2" tri clover has this cheaper adapter
http://www.stilldragon.com/element-g...-adapters.html

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Old 03-03-2013, 01:50 PM   #2
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I believe some people have had problems getting a 5500W ripple element through the 1.5" adapter.

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Old 03-03-2013, 01:57 PM   #3
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Brewers Hardware also has the 2" Tri Clover adapter.
http://www.brewershardware.com/2-Tri...t-Adapter.html

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Old 03-03-2013, 02:41 PM   #4
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If you use a straight element, 1.5" is fine. If you use ripple I'd recommend 2".

If you can fit a straight ULWD element in your pot, I would do that. Its easier to handle/remove/insert then the ripple.

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Old 03-04-2013, 01:27 AM   #5
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Anyone ever dimpled and soldered a 2" tri clover flange on before?

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Old 03-04-2013, 01:37 AM   #6
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My experience with soldering SS was it cracks easily. I had a 1/2" fitting in my keggle and it kept cracking any time i wasn't super careful with it. I went and welded on my fittings with MIG and now i wish i just drilled a 1 1/8" hole and stabbed the heater in with the stock o ring and a SS locknut on the inside.

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Old 03-04-2013, 01:47 AM   #7
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Quote:
I believe some people have had problems getting a 5500W ripple element through the 1.5" adapter.
Let me make one suggestion here:

I will agree with this statement.

I purchased the Brewers Hardware 2" Element Adapter for use in my boil kettle. I also got a 5500W ULWD Ripple element. I was very bummed to find out that I was unable to fit the ripple element into the adapter. So I ended up having to guy a straight style element. I still love the adapter. Just a small tradeoff. I would be willing to bet it would fit into the adapter without the enclosure however. So I would recommend that, from my experience, the enclosed adapter is definitely worth the money in that everything is enclosed and there's even a grounding screw provided Right from the get go! The 2" provides lots of space to install the element, but if you do go with the enclosed adapter, a straight element is required.
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if you buy the element guard kit from still dragon, you can fit a 5500W ULWD ripple into it. it's a tight fit, but not too bad. they're also cheaper than the brewers hardware element adapter

I have both, and they're both nice, just different setups

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Old 03-04-2013, 02:29 AM   #9
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I was looking at the still dragon one.
Just need to figure out how to get the flange on the pot first.

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Old 03-04-2013, 02:30 AM   #10
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I have a mig welder. Thought I needed a TIG for this type of work.

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