Originally Posted by GoGreenEric
...And finally I never said I was stupid, I said let's say I'm a dummy just to see what kind of basic/simple solutions I would be presented with.
good enough i suppose...
the no soldering or welding thing is going to be your main problem (unless you are interested in heat sticks; not my cup of tea but to each their own)... its difficult to get a heating element, let alone several, to seal against the rounded surface of a kettle without installing some sort of threaded bulkhead to screw it into. none of the weldless heating element builds i have seen were very mechanically sound or leak proof, which is what i want when dealing with thousands of watts of electricity inside gallons of hot water.
if you wanted to answer the rest of the questions i asked, we might be able to give more specific info...