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Old 04-02-2010, 10:22 PM   #11
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Note: I'm rewiring the items currently coming off the subpanel so they're no longer on the same circuit.

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Old 04-09-2010, 12:03 PM   #12
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Parts have begun to arrive...



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Just how deep is the rabbit hole?
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Old 04-09-2010, 01:29 PM   #14
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Just how deep is the rabbit hole?
I'm trying not to look at the cost spreadsheet I'm keeping

I pick up the stainless drums this weekend, though. Whee!

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Old 04-15-2010, 10:19 PM   #15
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Ok the element finally showed up today. Here's how it will look all assembled:



I decided to go the tri-clamp-and-threads route for several reasons, not the least of which is I like stainless things I didn't want to trust my whole build to JB-Weld sealing the water out, and don't like the idea of those plated plumbing fittings in my wort. But that's just me.

Anyway, it will need some slight bending to fit in my kettle, but that shouldn't be a big deal. It's only about 1/2" too long.



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No problem bending, bend away.
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Old 04-16-2010, 08:37 PM   #17
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A little more progress. Carefully bent the element around some wood forms to get it short enough to fit in my pot. The rods are *very* hard to bend, so I didn't go crazy trying to get the other half to match. I figure if I ever need to remove it, it'll be bad anyway so I can destroy it to get it off.



Then I added a down tube from copper. I may change this to SS eventually, but I don't have anything against copper in my boil.



Fits like a glove! Next we leak test. I'm going to pressurize it with compressed air and bubble test it.



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This thing looks great. Any idea on the final cost of this heatstick?
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Sure, I've been keeping a spreadsheet The element, tri-clamps and gaskets, and elbow came from Ebay. The two caps - the one threaded for the element and the one with the 1/2" NPT coupler welded to it - came from Swagman here on HBT

Columns are price/shipping/total
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	Element	$19.95	$8.00	$27.95
	Clamps	$15.00	$9.00	$24.00
	Elbow	$10.00	$5.10	$15.10
	Tri-caps $22.50	$6.00	$28.50
Heatstick total: 	$95.55
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Your a very silly man,Love it!


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