Originally Posted by wilserbrewer
Would it be possible to not use a controller and just let the element run at 100% if it was sized properly...just guessing here, say 3500w for a 6 - 6.5 gallon boil?
I realize this will be kind of crude and take a bit longer to reach boil.
For my 7 gallon turkey fryer I have a single 1500w element that works fine. It take about 30-40 minutes to reach boiling and then I just leave it on at full power to maintain the boil.
The element was $8, the switch box ~$5 with the mount, box, gasket, faceplate and switch. The insulation was $12. I used a cord I already had, and the jb weld I already had. The bulkhead fitting and ball valve were about $10-13.
When I use it as an hlt it holds enough strike water for the mash, and will heat enough for the sparge by the time the mash is done.
It runs fine on a 15 amp circut. No upgrade required.