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Old 03-06-2012, 05:51 PM   #1
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Default Using a tri-clamp to attach Element

I currently have a PID controlled Direct fire system. I have been considering adding elements to each kettle to save money on propane. However I want to retain the ability to use the burners when electricity is not available and want to use as much of what I have with out buying new kettles to put elements in.

I have been throwing around the idea of welding tri-clamp fittings into the kettles and I can use a tri-clamp to 1"npt adapter on the element. If I didn't want to use the element it would be as simple as removing it and placing a cap it its place.

Has anyone tried this? is there a better way of doing this?

Thanks for the help!!

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Old 03-06-2012, 05:57 PM   #2
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Why not just weld or solder the regular locknut to your kettle for the element and if you don't want to use it unthread the element and thread in a plug. Seems cheaper and easier than messing around with tri clover fittings.

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Old 03-06-2012, 06:41 PM   #3
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More likely to leak, the ease of removing on the fly for cleaning etc. And you cant forget that it looks cool too.

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And more sanitary than a threaded connection through the wall.

No reason it shouldn't work to pull the element and cap it off. One note I discovered is that the element adapter from Brewers' Hardware is not compatible with the rippled Camco elements.

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I have the brewers hardware element adapter in my hlt and bk. Awesome

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Old 03-06-2012, 08:51 PM   #6
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+1 to the brewer's hardware adapter. Nice hardware, well designed, and incorporates a grounding lug. It's pricy but I feel safe using it and it's a super clean installation. And as it was mentioned earlier you have to use a straight element but I haven't found that to be an issue.

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Check out post 88

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f170/tri...design-217575/

I spoke with someone who had the brewers hardware adapter, they told me that it was a bit on the confined side. I'm in the process of building one similar to the one in the link.

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