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Old 02-21-2012, 02:39 PM   #11
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I have seen a few dual element designs. They are very similar to any electric system but simply require installing 2 elements instead of one and using 2 separate circuits.

There is a lot of information out there on electric. Just do the mechanical stuff the same and modify the wiring to reflect a 120V installation for each element.

As I said before, I HIGHLY recommend building with a GFCI either inline or in the breaker box. 20 Amp GFI breakers are very inexpensive.

 
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What I would look into is mounting the elements across each other, like a plus sign, with one element sitting just above the other.

How you actually mount the element is up to you. Search for various mounting options.

Personally, I'm planning on soldering a large nut onto the side of my kettle and screwing the element in place in side a waterproof box to protect the wires.

The actual wiring is a piece of cake, really. There is a very simple PWM circuit that works in conjunction with a relay to power the element. That is all you need for a BK.

Supply the 120V to the relay, and wire the PWM to the relay as well. The PWM circuit fires the relay more or less as you turn the knob.

 
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Old 02-21-2012, 07:40 PM   #13
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...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...

 
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Old 02-21-2012, 10:05 PM   #14
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My ports are soldered, but all my elements are weldless (lock nut with stock element gasket). They've never leaked and have been through 2 years worth of brewing. I think weldless is perfectly acceptable for elements.
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