Spike Brewing Giveaway - New v3 Kettle

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Electric Brewing > High Temp Sealants & Cooler Question
Thread Tools
Old 05-18-2011, 04:32 PM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Charlotte
Posts: 667
Liked 11 Times on 7 Posts
Likes Given: 9

Default High Temp Sealants & Cooler Question

I was checking out youtube, and came across a guy who had a heat element coming up through the bottom of his igloo cooler. I'd like to add one to my sparge tank which is the same cooler. Anyone see any issues with this? Also, what do you use typically for sealing purposes? I assume some of it will touch the beer, so it has to be non-toxic. Is silicone the typical go to? Any particular type of silicon?

jdlev is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2011, 11:52 PM   #2
BIAB Expert Tailor
Vendor Ads 
Feedback Score: 10 reviews
wilserbrewer's Avatar
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Jersey Shore, Jersey
Posts: 8,898
Liked 1105 Times on 860 Posts
Likes Given: 16


Best to use a gasket or o-ring to seal...silicone sealant will work but does not reall adhere to the plastic cooler. I would either use a heatstick or go through the side of the cooler, IMO of course.
wilserbrewer is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2011, 12:02 AM   #3
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
emjay's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Posts: 12,776
Liked 1718 Times on 1605 Posts
Likes Given: 1


Try to use a weldless fitting with a lock nut, washer, high-temp silicone o-ring, etc. Silicone sealant CAN adhere to plastic (make sure it's 100% silicone so that it's food-safe), and I originally used sealant on my MLT. But it's less than ideal, and could potentially start leaking at any time - I'd be particularly worried about it so close to the heating element.
emjay is offline
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
SET620 PID Temp Controller Question csuf_kmcglynn Electric Brewing 7 05-20-2011 07:32 PM
Has anyone used the High Gravity Brewing Elements and EBC? wedge421 Electric Brewing 5 04-27-2011 09:17 PM
E-HLT question (water heater element/plastic cooler) RootvonRoot Electric Brewing 7 02-22-2011 01:35 PM
Grounding an element in a plastic cooler ascha Electric Brewing 19 01-28-2011 01:51 PM
cooler HLT watt question Joetuo Electric Brewing 3 10-21-2010 02:02 PM

Forum Jump