Originally Posted by tkone
thanks for all the awesome advice i think the copper thing will be the easiest as of now.
So if I have that copper ring sandwiched between the element and the kettle and attach the ground to that copper tab that should do it?
can i put an oring between the element and the sheet of copper so its:
An o-ring on both sides of the copper, pretty much insulates it and prevents it from doing what it is intended to do.
I would look at the possibility of using one o-ring... you really need the copper in contact with the metal element base AND the kettle... if you have to pick one, I'd make sure you have good contact with the kettle.
You may fight with leaks between the copper and the kettle, but I would try it.
Another sort of obstacle you are facing is that the teflon tape you put on the element threads will, to some extent, also act as an insulator. When you tighten the nut, it may cut the teflon and "bond" the metal base to the kettle, but you should try to confirm that.
Sorry, I don't have a good answer for you which is why I'm not really a fan of mounting an element like this. But then hey, a lot of people have done it this way and as far as I know, no one has died... yet.
Just occured to me... You might also try just using an o-ring on the inside of the kettle. Test for leaks before you plug it in.