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Old 04-25-2009, 09:52 PM   #1
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I've been looking for a way to build a 240 volt heatstick for the boil kettle in my eherms rig. I wanted it to have a replaceable element so this is what I came up with. It's made mostly from parts from StPats and a couple from Mcmaster.
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2 - 2" weld on ferrules, $8 ea.
2 - 2" silicone gaskets, $1.50 ea.
2 - 2" tri-clamps, $7.50 ea.
2 - 2" end caps, $5 ea.
Mcmaster
1 - 316 stainless elbow ½" $6.10
1 - ½" ss pipe, 18" long $18.65
1 - alum cord connector $6.44

1 - 5500 watt ripp element, $18

The two ferrules are welded together , drilled a hole in the top and welded on the 18" pipe. The hardest part was drilling and tapping the end cap to thread the element into. We were able to chuck it into my friends big metal lathe. He just happened to have a 1 5/32" bit which is the exact size needed for a 1" NPT tap. I have a few more things to do to finish it up, wire it of course, weld on a small bolt inside for the ground wire.

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Old 04-25-2009, 09:53 PM   #2
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Old 04-25-2009, 10:32 PM   #4
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That looks pretty sweet.

Question, why did you spend all that $$ instead of just mounting it in the kettle?

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Old 04-25-2009, 10:51 PM   #5
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Looks OK, but you ARE going to install a 240v GFCI breaker for this, right???

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A couple reasons, I love my immersion chiller and didnt like it sitting on the element. Plus less stuff in the way for whirlpooling. I also plan on using it to heat my strike water. And yes my rig is GFI protected.

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A couple reasons, I love my immersion chiller and didnt like it sitting on the element. Plus less stuff in the way for whirlpooling. I also plan on using it to heat my strike water. And yes my rig is GFI protected.
Congratulations are in order with you using a cgb instead of a bunch of silicone like so many have posted on this forum with cords coming out of bell boxes or any other openings. Done correctly and safely.
Making it portable, removable and simple plus a safe and functional heating project.
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That is pretty sweet +100 on having friends with machining tools!

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Nice!
That looks very well made.

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That's a nice job. I always envisioned a 240 w heatstick to resemble one of those huge orange rubber tubular things I have seen the power company use on high voltage lines. Any merit in sliding a piece of silicon tubing over the handle, or is that like belt and suspenders?

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