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Old 03-23-2010, 05:05 PM   #1
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Default Can I Buy a Heatstick?

First post so go easy. I'm not the DIY kind of guy so I bought a 1000w 120v bucket heater (Marshalltown 742G Bucket Water Heater) but I'm not thrilled with it.

I'm doing ~4 gallon boils on my crappy gas stove top. It doesn't do a good job of keeping a roiling boil. The heating element seems to switch on and off because all of a sudden the wort will boil really good and hard and then die down, then boil really good, the die down etc. I have it plugged into a GFCI thing if that matters.

I would like to be able to do bigger boils on my stovetop so I thought a proper heatstick would be the way to go. Any suggestions?


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Old 03-23-2010, 05:12 PM   #2
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does it have a thermostat or other control that is shutting it down near boiling temps?


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Old 03-23-2010, 05:15 PM   #3
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Nope it just plugs in. Here's the link to it: Bucket Heater
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Old 03-23-2010, 05:54 PM   #4
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Features a safety device which is designed to virtually eliminate any fire danger in the event the water boils dry.
It's my guess it's sensing steam and shutting down.
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That could be it, thanks Bobby M. Maybe I'll try to wrap the top in tin foil or something.

It also has a third prong (can't really see it in the photo) that goes down the heating element about half way and then just stops. It has a point on the end. I assumed this was the safety feature and if the water got below the level of the third prong it would shut off but I actually never tested it to see if that's what it actually does. I'll try that too. I looked but couldn't find any info about what the safety feature actually is.

Thanks for the ideas.
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Old 03-23-2010, 06:35 PM   #6
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highly possible that the third prong is a lead for a thermostat
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This heater is designed to safely and rapidly heat water temperature to 100 F
This item is not designed to boil water... I think your asking more of it than it will handle.
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I know but I'm using it to supplement my gas burner and it works really well for a little while and then shuts off.

How would I go about disabling the thermostat? I obviously don't want to open it up and start messing around. I can only come up with one solution, cover it with tin foil which is obviously my answer to all problems...and duct tape.
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Yes you can.
Google "Immersion heater" and surf around.
you can pay anywhere from $150 to $300 for an inexpensive one. Lots of places only make 'em to order.
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Thanks. That's pricey. Maybe I'll try to make a proper one.


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