Originally Posted by mikeysab
How are you securing the element to the kettle? Is it just a silicone o ring and a 1" locknut on the inside of the kettle? Did you use another o ring on the outside, or is it just the one? I've seen these elements and it doesn't look like there's much thread to catch. Do you use a special element, or a piece to extend the threads? Thanks for any info you can offer.
I basically followed the way that Kal does it from theelectricbrewery.com, here
is the link to their website on the way they attach the elements. I ordered the stainless 1" NPT nut and o ring from bargainfittings, got the 1.5" ID washer from mcmaster, and then the box from Lowes.
The o ring is on the outside, along with the big washer. There really isn't very much thread to work with, but it was enough and it doesn't leak!
I will say that I had to flip the nut over so the groove was facing INTO the kettle, which helped to get it started.
Got to boil some water! Boiled off about 3/4 of a gallon in an hour.