^ that is a nice clean build. I'd prefer to not do any welding - is there a weldless bulkhead that I could screw the element into?
The propane burner I'm using is the side-burner of my grill, so I'm not getting rid of it. It gets a full 5-gallon batch to a boil, just takes too long to get there.
I'm wondering is an over-the-side bucket heater would be easier to protect:
Would this work with a PID controller to set mash water temps?