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Old 12-14-2009, 01:52 AM   #1
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Default Setting Chiller on top of element?

I just completed building an electric set-up and was planning on just setting my IC on top of the element for the last 10 mins of the boil. This should be safe right? I'm shouldn't get shocked when I set this in because I'm thinking the element is just hot, right? And the heat shouldn't be too excessive to let the chiller sit there?


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Old 12-14-2009, 01:42 PM   #2
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I would think that if the wort doesn't short the element than your cooler wouldn't either but I would be worried about the cooler getting a hole burned into it from the concentrated heat. If it was me I would err on the side of caution and figure something else out. Just my two cents though.


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Old 12-14-2009, 03:18 PM   #3
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You could create 'hot spots' on the element and cause it to burn out at those points. Just a guess but I wouldn't do it.
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Old 12-15-2009, 07:04 PM   #4
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I have done it, it has not burned a hole in the chiller or the element. I do not like doing it though. I am thinking about making some sort of cage for my element to protect it and the chiller. Perhaps some sort of bent false bottom.
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