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Old 03-31-2010, 10:37 PM   #41
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New experiment tonight ...

Got the roll of foil insulation at HW store

wrapped the 4 gal pot in reflexix (sp) insulation ... trying to time heat rate to see what improvement there is ...

this time too, I will remember to put the lid on...

Thanks for putting up with my silly experiment, but I do want to give something back for the good of the order..

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Old 04-01-2010, 03:19 AM   #42
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Temp rose much more quickly, obviously due to insulation...3.5 gals

lid slightly ajar bec of bucket heater,

top temp was 201 after 4 hours ....

1000W *Seems* like alot of watts, but not enough to boil .. call it on the job training. Glad I still have lots of propane !

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Old 04-01-2010, 02:36 PM   #43
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My "bucket heater" is 4000 watt, if I ever finish the silly thing.

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Old 04-01-2010, 05:08 PM   #44
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I love that design! I wish I'd thought of it for my HLT, seems much better than going up through the bottom of my cooler.

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Old 04-11-2010, 03:24 AM   #45
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Did 2 timers last night for both bucket heaters ..90 mins and came downstairs at 7:30 - had 9 gals in the rubbermaid cooler at abt 177. My only reservation about the process is the lack of vigor in the boil .. I get a boil, but not much compared to the big propane cooker..I still enjoy the QUIET!

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