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Old 04-12-2011, 01:38 PM   #1
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Default Does anyone stir/agitate water in their HLT to get better heat transfer?

Title really says it all, does anyone do this? How did you accomplish? Thanks.


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Old 04-12-2011, 01:40 PM   #2
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Yes! I have a little stirrer with an electric motor on it.

I don't have a picture, I don't think, but I can go take one if you want me to!


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Pics would be great! Where did you buy and if you don't mind my asking how much?
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i recirc my HLT Brutus style.
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Forgive my ignorance what is "brutus style"?
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Really, unless you are using your HLT as the heat source in a HERMS setup, do you need to stir it?

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Old 04-12-2011, 01:53 PM   #7
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Pics would be great! Where did you buy and if you don't mind my asking how much?
It was built, with a plastic spoon and a little motor and fan. It worked great in my cooler HLT. But when I went bigger, with a keg for my HLT, my friend (lschiavo here on HBT) added the copper portion. The motor would overheat without the fan blowing down on it.
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That is how I would be using it...I thought that agitating the water around my coil would help with the heat transfer, I was thinking a large stir bar??
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Great pics, thanks for the idea!
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I built a stirrer just for the fun of it.




It works very well. However, recirculating the HLT water works just as well and is a lot easier to accomplish.


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