I have am looking for some opinions on my RIMS element "situation". I purchased a RIMS tube from Brewers Hardware (NICE!) and I also purchased a 1500W 120W low density element. The company that I got the element from sent me a different element than I ordered. They corrected the mistake and sent me the correct element, so now I need to decide between the two. The elements differ slightly in their specs. One is 7.5" long, folds back and has a density rating of 75w/sq. in. The second element is a little longer at 8.25", does not fold back and has a density of 93w/sq. in. They are both made from incoloy. Here's the rub. I prefer the first one because of the lower density rating but
it slightly touches the inside of the RIMS tube in a couple of spots. I have bent it as much as I could and cannot get it completely centered. The other element fits without touching at all. Should I worry about the contact and if so is an increase in watt density of 18w/sq. in. significant? Thanks for the input.