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Old 02-18-2010, 06:49 PM   #1
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Has anyone used one of these?

http://www.alliedprecision.com/bucketheater.html

It claims to go past 150f, but some sites say it also has an auto shut off. I want to build a walk away elect HLT. I want to plug it in, set the temp I want, come back in a while and have it ready to go, sitting at the right temp. Instead of cutting a hole and installing a water heater element, I'm wondering if I can use some immersion heater or bucket heater that is already out there on the market ready to go.

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Old 02-18-2010, 07:38 PM   #2
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This will work fine for heating water, at only 1000w it will take a while and work better if the vessel is insulated (cooler perhaps). I would guess it would take 2-3 hours to raise tap to sparge temp for 5 gallons. Best if put on a simple / cheap appliance/lighting timer, that way it would be ready when you are, and you would not be waiting.

I believe the auto shut off feature is to avoid running dry and being a fire hazard??? Not really positive???

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1000W is quite weak. 60F to 170F in 5 gallons, on a great day..... 85 minutes, not horrible

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Are they limited?

That's one of the things I'd like to find out. Some sites say they have an autoshut off, others say you can go to boil, so I don't know what triggers the auto shut off. That's part of the reason I'm asking. I know 1000W would be weak, but if they work easy out of the box maybe drop in two?
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That's one of the things I'd like to find out. Some sites say they have an autoshut off, others say you can go to boil, so I don't know what triggers the auto shut off. That's part of the reason I'm asking. I know 1000W would be weak, but if they work easy out of the box maybe drop in two?
I know a cpl guys here have gotten them and sent them back, maybe they will chime in as to why.
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I have one that I used a couple times like wilserbrewer suggested. I hooked it up to an appliance timer, and set it to turn on around 45 minutes before I got home. When I got home, it was very close to dough in temperature, and I finished heating up to temperature using gas.

I can check the manual when I get home, but again, I think wilser is right, and the shutoff is to prevent it running dry.

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have you looked into building a heat stick? Basically the same thing, but you can put whatever wattage element in it you want.

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Probably work fine if coupled w/ a temp controller....provided you stir the water, and give it plenty of time in an insulated vessel.

You just really don't want to wait for 1000 watts...like watching grass grow i imagine.

On a simple timer, I would err on the overheat side, and then temper down to temp w/ cool water.

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I have one in my garage right now. It does not work. It warmed my water to around 140, if my memory is correct. I bought it through an Amazon seller. They told me to keep it and refunded my money. I think I'm going to use the cord for my diy heater.

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Thanks for the feedback. Largely what I was looking for. I think the difference between this and a heat stick would be that I wouldn't have to assemble this. Instead of a heat stick, I'd probably just rather install an element in the kettle.

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