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Old 10-23-2009, 01:50 AM   #21
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So, I finally have a picture of the heatstick I built. Like I said above, it looks just like the one here: http://www.cedarcreeknetworks.com/heatstick.htm

I wanted to mention something else for those of you thinking about building one. I am by no means a savvy person when it comes to electricity. I don't know very much about it but had no problem building this. Just follow the instruction and make sure you read all of his tips and warnings, TWICE!.

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Backbay, are you running that off 120V? What kind of circuit are you running it off?


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Old 10-23-2009, 01:54 AM   #22
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That is def. 120VAC, looks like 120VAC and 20A circuit


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Old 10-23-2009, 01:58 AM   #23
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That is def. 120VAC, looks like 120VAC and 20A circuit
That's what I was thinking (based on the plug). What about wattage? I don't assume I can use the 5500 watt element I have in the garage? That would be about 45A right?
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That's what I was thinking (based on the plug). What about wattage? I don't assume I can use the 5500 watt element I have in the garage? That would be about 45A right?
Well, the 5500W element running on 120VAC would produce 1373W.

1373W at 120VAC would be about 12A.

If you used the 5500W element with 240VAC, then you would be at 23A.
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Wow. My calcs were way off. I was going with P = V X I. Where did the 1373 come from?
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Wow. My calcs were way off. I was going with P = V X I. Where did the 1373 come from?
If you run a 240VAC element on 120VAC, you will only have 25% of the wattage produced. That is 1373W at 120VAC.

Your 5500W element is a 240VAC element. It will not produce 5500W at 120VAC, only 1373W.
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Cool thanks. Looks like I need to brush on my electrical knowledge.
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Cool thanks. Looks like I need to brush on my electrical knowledge.
No biggie, I have good reason to know.
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I went with a right angle heat stick and it was a good investment. It got me OUT of the kitchen permantly.

I used to heat mash and sparge water on several pots on our ceramic electric stove... way inefficeint and took a long time.

I use the heatstick to bring my mash water up to temp and while mashing heat the sparge water.

After that it helps bring the wort to a boil real quick to suplement my propane burner.


One question. Hopefully HSM can tell me what that grey looking stuff is that's on the nut holding the element. I'm curious as to what kind of sealant that is, and if it's rated for high temps, and is it safe for foodstuff.
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One question. Hopefully HSM can tell me what that grey looking stuff is that's on the nut holding the element. I'm curious as to what kind of sealant that is, and if it's rated for high temps, and is it safe for foodstuff.
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