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Old 08-01-2011, 01:24 PM   #1
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Hi, I was brewing all grain for a while but I had an issue with the boil taking eons to come on my electric stove.

I ordered a 1800 watts heat stick for my rig, is it safe to use both the stove and the heat stick?

That would give me almost 4300 watts of heating power.

 
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Old 08-01-2011, 03:37 PM   #2
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people have been using drop in heat sticks to boost stove top boils....nothing insane abotu iot. I dont know however if anyone permanently installed one in a kettle when combined with direct heating from below.
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Old 08-01-2011, 04:31 PM   #3
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Very nice!

 
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Old 08-01-2011, 05:29 PM   #4
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make sure you have a GFCI on the outlet you're plugging into the heat stick and that the circuit and wiring (including the cord you use for the heatstick) can handle 1800 watts @ 120v. other than that you're good to go.

i am in the process of adding a 1500W heating element to my HLT that i also heat with direct-fire propane.

 
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Old 08-01-2011, 05:33 PM   #5
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i am in the process of adding a 1500W heating element to my HLT that i also heat with direct-fire propane.
Drop in or thru the kettle wall?
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Old 08-01-2011, 06:21 PM   #6
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kettle wall using a half coupling

 
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Old 08-01-2011, 06:36 PM   #7
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make sure you have a GFCI on the outlet you're plugging into the heat stick and that the circuit and wiring (including the cord you use for the heatstick) can handle 1800 watts @ 120v. other than that you're good to go.

i am in the process of adding a 1500W heating element to my HLT that i also heat with direct-fire propane.
Let us know how that works out.

I'd be concerned about the propane over heating the cord and terminal block on the heating element.

 
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Old 08-01-2011, 07:31 PM   #8
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ed, i'll be doing some testing on a "spare" keg i have, but the plan is to make the cord removable (like a Computer power supply or monitor) so that the cord is not on the vessel while using gas. I will use gas OR electric but probably not both @ once. so the main concern will be heat on the terminal block, but i will be fabricating a heat shield to hopefully combat that.

 
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Old 08-01-2011, 10:58 PM   #9
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Where is the best place to buy these heat sticks?
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Old 08-01-2011, 11:02 PM   #10
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the elements themselves are available @ hardware stores, home depot, lowes, etc. to my knowledge nobody sells heat sticks pre-made but they're fairly simple to do at home:

http://www.cedarcreeknetworks.com/heatstick.htm

 
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