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Old 10-18-2013, 07:35 PM   #21
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Keep an eye on it....I wouldn't trust a heatstick with a void in it. You will still get condensation on the inside of the pipe. Not to mention, heating and cooling causes the fittings to expand/contract and your watertight properties can change. At least you have a GFCI!

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Old 10-18-2013, 07:43 PM   #22
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Keep an eye on it....I wouldn't trust a heatstick with a void in it. You will still get condensation on the inside of the pipe. Not to mention, heating and cooling causes the fittings to expand/contract and your watertight properties can change. At least you have a GFCI!


Good advice!

You could always drill a drain hole in the piece between the elbows, (above the water line), as a "steam vent", and when you're done for the day, hang the setup inverted to insure it drains.

Just don't drill into your wire!
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Old 10-18-2013, 09:58 PM   #23
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Awesome. That looks great!

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Keep an eye on it....I wouldn't trust a heatstick with a void in it. You will still get condensation on the inside of the pipe. Not to mention, heating and cooling causes the fittings to expand/contract and your watertight properties can change. At least you have a GFCI!
I'm assuming that fitting on your cord is making an airtight seal: if so you can add silica to the inside to absorb any trapped humidity. If there are no leaks, you'll stay dry inside and never have to replace it.
Look for "indicating silica". The stuff I use is orange and turns green when it becomes saturated with moisture. Add about an ounce and open it up at the cord after the first few uses to inspect. If the silica stays orange after a few checks, you can seal it back up and not worry about it anymore.
The expansion of the fittings is negligible. These are designed for super-heated steam at pressures of at least 150 psi (or higher depending one the grade of the fittings). If fitted correctly, they should never leak for your light duty application.
Great job. Cheers!
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First brew day using the stick was a success. Helped boil my wort in half the time. Thanks for the advice on air tight spaces and the silica is a great idea! I'll look into it.

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