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Old 03-07-2011, 02:59 PM   #1
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I like the idea of a bucket heater placed in a cooler as a HLT:

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But there are accounts this is relatively low-power. Any thoughts on building a heatstick with a SS gaurd around the element like on the bucket heater?


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Old 03-07-2011, 03:04 PM   #2
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Curious: Why do you want a guard around it?


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Old 03-07-2011, 03:07 PM   #3
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Trying to not melt cooler. That's an issue, right?
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I use a heatstick in a cooler HLT all the time. Originally, I simply wrapped the tip of the element w/ some copper building wire to forbid it from touching the cooler walls. This was after reading of problems here, as well as noticing a very, very slight dimple in a cooler from a heatstick. Lately, I haven't even bothered, perhaps I should, but haven't melted any coolers.
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That's good news, but now I'm curious. How the heck does it heat water but not cooler?
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Trying to not melt cooler. That's an issue, right?
My bad... didn't catch that you were using a cooler. (I assumed metal).
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That's good news, but now I'm curious. How the heck does it heat water but not cooler?
Magic? The water heats up and takes the heat away from the element...while submerged, as it must always be, the element likely does not get that hot as the water is cooling it and heating at the same time. The liner of a cooler is tougher than I imagined, i have accidently overheated my cooler hlt to boiling w/ no damage to the cooler...not that i recommend it
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Okay. I'm thinking of making a little silicone 'shelf' to rest the heatstick on in the cool. Does the heatstick sink or float?
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Slicone shelf huh? A girl I know did something like that. Link below shows silicone protection on the end of the heatstick. (bottom of page)
http://hbd.org/pcalinsk/HeatStk3.htm

oh, they sink btw.
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Perfect. Thanks!


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