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vnmyers13 11-11-2012 04:12 AM

What options if not comfy cutting the pot
Like everyone else really looking to go electric. What options do I have if I don't want to cut the kettle myself?

I don't have a punch so adding to the bill with the tools. Just trying to see what else I can do.

thargrav 11-11-2012 04:34 AM

I know of one manufacturer who is planning to produce a 240V, 5500 Watt element that hangs over the side of your brew pot. But it's just in the design stage right now.

BadNewsBrewery 11-11-2012 12:00 PM

Option 1: buy tools (punch, step bit, whatever you chose yo use) and DIY.
Option 2: Take it to a machine shop, pay them to do it.
Option 3: Find a friend with the tools to borrow.
Option 4: Buy a pre-fabbed kettle like the Blichman

In the overall scheme of things 1 is not that expensive, 2 and 4 will likely be quite expensive, and 3 depends entirely on your social circle.

Ravenshead 11-11-2012 11:14 PM

Assuming you already have a drill, for about $12 one of these works just fine:


You do need a drill with a big enough chuck to hold a 1/2 inch bit though.

Edit: I just re-read your post, are you uncomfortable with cutting a hole in your pot or just feel the tools you need would be too expensive? Do a search on heat-sticks and you'll find an option for electric heating without installing an element directly to your pot. I think they'll work fine but it's probably easier/cheaper to do the direct install even if you have to buy a drill. Plus then you'll have a drill that will last you a lifetime.

passedpawn 11-11-2012 11:18 PM

100,000 members here. Use your network.

Do it the right way the first time. If you don't have the tools and/or not comfy with it, have someone here help you. They will. Do it the right way the first time.

vnmyers13 11-11-2012 11:58 PM

Thanks. Spent some more time reading how Kal did it and realized it's not as daunting and the only thing i need is the punch. Will be embarking on this endeavor when the 1 year old daughter and SWMBO allows.

Ravenshead 11-12-2012 12:11 PM

The punches are great but expensive. If you can borrow one, use it. Otherwise, go the hole saw route.

milesvdustin 11-12-2012 01:15 PM

When I used the hole saw on my panel it was hard to keep it straight and I kinda gouged out the holes somewhat. What's the best way to use these? And does the 1 1/4" saw make a hole that size or bigger?

Ravenshead 11-12-2012 01:53 PM

I don't know the tolerance requirements on standard hole saws so I don't know if they are bigger or smaller than 1-1/4". It doesn't matter, the important thing is that the 1-1/4" saw makes the right sized hole for a standard 1" heating element. You'll also need a 1 inch SS lock-nut and a silicone O-ring if you don't already have them.

There's nothing really special about keeping the drill straight. Just try to keep the pressure even on all sides.

goybar 11-12-2012 02:05 PM

by using a drill press.

it is a lot easier to "drift" when doing it by hand. It can be done.


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