Originally Posted by chokeme
Hi, did you ever check to make sure it was OK for brewing, meaning, won't leach lead from solder or something like that?
There's nowhere to check. It's not NFS certified AFAIK. The protective shield is SS and I have not noticed any corrosion anywhere on it and I've been using it for awhile. The only metal parts in contact with the water are the heating element and the SS shield. I think the element is copper, but I'm not sure about that. I don't see anything soldered on it anywhere. These are often used to de-ice stock water tanks and such in a farm or ranch setting, so I would think if it's safe for a cow it should also be safe for us talking apes.