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Old 05-16-2011, 10:22 PM   #1
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Default tri-clover removable element - brewershardware element adapter

Hi All -

I am converting my current keggles (HLT and BK) to electric. My goal is to have a removable element in each....for ease of cleaning, replacement, etc.

Would the following allow me to do this?

1. 1.5" tri-clover ferrule welded into the keggle

http://www.brewershardware.com/1.5-T...rule-Long.html

2. CAMCO 5500 watt element http://www.plumbingsupply.com/images...ment-02963.jpg

3. all brought together with the element adapter from brewers hardare. http://www.brewershardware.com/TC15F10NPSCOV.html

Wouldn't this allow me to easily remove the element from my kettle anytime?

Does anyone know if that element will fit through the 1.5" tri-clover ferrule?

Can I bend that element to fit around my current pick-up tube?

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Old 05-17-2011, 03:56 AM   #2
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yep, this should work. I would be cautious bending the element around the pick-up tube...


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Old 05-17-2011, 05:14 AM   #3
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I'm not sure your element will easily fit through the ferrule.

I would go with this one.
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Old 05-17-2011, 11:59 AM   #4
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I went with the element mentioned by orangehero, but I used a 2" Tri-Clover long ferrule. I had a 2" T-C blank cap bored out & a stainless steel 1" NPS locknut welded onto it so the element threads in from the outside & enclosed the connections with a 1-1/4" PVC elbow. The 2" opening gives some "slop factor" for element removal if the keggle is in a somewhat confined space like mine is (bolted to the mounting frame).

I think I would modify the diptube if there's a clearance issue rather than bending the element.
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I'm putting together the same thing only I bought the 1.5" Tri-clover to female 1" threaded to mount the element with a weatherproof junction box. Save about $50 on the brewers element adapter. If your not trying to save $ their adapters are pretty sweet though!

I read a thread about someone trying to bend an element with some pretty poor results. They kept snapping.

Post pics when you do it!
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Thanks brooklyn...

so does your element fit through the ferrule without touching? are you using the wavy or straight element?

for the guys that are using the straight 5500 watt Low Density element...are you using this in the boil kettle? or just HLT? any scorching issues?

Guess i was looking at the Ultra Low Density to avoid as much scorching as possible.

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It isn't to hard to solder or braze a triclamp adapter:



Both the 5500W ripple elements and any straight element fit in mine. The short ferrule on the keg wall is pretty crucial for the ripple elements.

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Did you ever get the adapter from brewers hardware
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ordered it about 3 weeks ago, but it still hasn't shipped. Website told me it would be a 1 week delay. not too happy about it.
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I haven't got mine yet either and I ordered mine in april.

Derrin from that store is a great guy and means well but the lead times are hard to deal with. Last time i talked to him he was having problems with getting his shipment in through customes


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