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Old 01-08-2013, 08:19 PM   #1
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Default All Stainless Heatstick design

Hey gang, I've been working on an all stainless TriClamp HeatStick design. One that doesn't require sealant or JB Weld so to not leak and also allows for easy element maintenance or replacement. Oh and can be done both Straight or with the 90 degree elbow. Cost is the downside Here are some mock-up pics, let me know what you think:
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As a tri-clamp and heatstick user, I am interested! My heatstick is used in conjunction with a A419 controller to maintain the water temp in my hybrid HERMS system. One thing I noticed is the JB Weld gets really soft after sitting in the water for an hour plus and can peel off with little effort.

One question is how are you connecting the element to the tri-clamp?

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Cool, would like the see the internal details as well. Subscribed!

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Very interesting.....

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Received the rest of my needed parts from StillDragon for my build!

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As a tri-clamp and heatstick user, I am interested! My heatstick is used in conjunction with a A419 controller to maintain the water temp in my hybrid HERMS system. One thing I noticed is the JB Weld gets really soft after sitting in the water for an hour plus and can peel off with little effort.

One question is how are you connecting the element to the tri-clamp?
Yeah I wanted to stay away from having to use silicone or JB Weld. You can use the 'Element Guard Kit' or the simple 'Element Adapter' from StillDragon. Here I show mine using the Element Adapter:
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Cool, would like the see the internal details as well. Subscribed!
Here is the Tri-Clamp parts I ordered from StillDragon:
Element Guard Kit
Element Adapter
2" TC Pipe x 20"
2" 90 degree Elbow (pic above show 2 but second was sent by mistake)
(2) 2" Clamps (EGK above comes with 1)
(5) 2" Silicone Gaskets (CHEAP ,so I have a few extras)
Pipe Holder 2" $6 (so I can hang/hook on kettle edge)

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Oh course you will also need:
Water heat element: I bought the Camco 02853 ULWD 120v 1500w since I only have a 20amp circuit.
Electric/appliance cord: I got 12/3 cord cut to length at Home Depot.
Male Plug (I bought a 15amp from Home Depot)

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Thank you! Awesome info.

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Just throwing it out there as a question... I didn't peruse stilldragon in depth (or anywhere yet) but could you adapt any of these to cut the cost?

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What is the black material at the top? Is it just foam pipe insulation so you can grab/manipulate without burning your hands?

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