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Old 09-29-2011, 05:25 PM   #1
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I typically do a partial mash on the stove top and boil ~3 gallons. The boil never gets going as well as I would like so I am considering adding a heat stick to the arsenal. Obviously, I would not need one that could carry the whole load of the boil, just something to help out. Any suggestions?
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Old 09-29-2011, 05:32 PM   #2
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1500W (which is typically as low as you'll find at the big box stores) should do just fine, if you're pot is large enough you should be able to maintain a full boil (6gals or so) using the stove and heatstick. If you are doing just the ~3gals you will likely be able to get by with just the heatstick. The 1500W heating element will run on any standard 15A GFCI protected outlet with a little room to spare.
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Old 09-29-2011, 06:39 PM   #3
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In the winter; I use a 1500W heatstick with my stove. It boils 6 gal just fine.

 
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Old 09-29-2011, 08:05 PM   #4
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Thanks, I've seen heating elements in the store...is this something I will have to wire a plug on or are heat sticks sold ready to go?
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A plain heating element will require some wiring and properly a fuse.

Consider something like this: http://www.amazon.com/MARSHALLTOWN-P.../dp/B000BDB4UG

I used one to help boil 7 gallons on my stovetop for a while.
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Thanks, I've seen heating elements in the store...is this something I will have to wire a plug on or are heat sticks sold ready to go?
I made one using these instructions; http://www.3d0g.net/brewing/heatstick, also search heat sticks on these forums.

 
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Old 10-14-2011, 06:43 PM   #7
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A plain heating element will require some wiring and properly a fuse.

Consider something like this: http://www.amazon.com/MARSHALLTOWN-P.../dp/B000BDB4UG

I used one to help boil 7 gallons on my stovetop for a while.
Does that work as is? If so, that's a fantastic find.

 
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Does that work as is? If so, that's a fantastic find.
Yep. I've got one. It's not terribly powerful (1000W, I believe), but it's enough to bump up a burner to boil. Works out of the box.
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