All Stainless Steel:
1 - 2" Tee
1 - 2" to 1" reducer/bushing
2 - 2" to 1/2 reducer/bushing
1 - 1/2" nipple
1 - 1/2" cross
2 - 1/2" to 3/8" compression fittings
(You will also need either 2 - 1/2" hose barbs or Quick disconnects.)
1 - Extra Low Density 120V / 1500 watt water heater element (I think it is 4" long I did NOT measure it and to do so would require me taking apart the RIMS tube which is a PITA to do so prob not gonna happen.)
1 - Control box
1 - 110v outlet, cover plate & box
1 - STC-1000 AKA The Ebay controller
2 - 110v 20amp switches.
1 - 110v 30amp multicolor switch red/green
2 - electric "home security" wire blocks
Multiple different solderless connectors and some good wire.
I had an old computer that I salvaged the 3 prong plug input from and the power cord from a server.
That is about it for parts.
As for the build and pics, you may want to brace yourself. I am NOT a master craftsmen and almost all of my equipment is designed to work, not be pretty. I also am NOT a photographer...
This is a decent shot of the RIMS tube with the thermo well.
This is my control box: I bought it at Goodwill for $2 and I had the plexi glass left over from a different project. I use 1 switch as a main power switch, 1 switch for the pump, and the multi-color switch for the RIMS element.
This is the electric box. I broke the tabs off the outlet so that each one is separate, I feared drawing to much on either side may be hard on the controller and wires.
Security blocks. I show 3 in the pic. There is no ground wires needed for anything other than the outlet so it was a waste. 20/20 hindsight...
This is my overall shot. Note the smaller kettle is not mine.
The STC-1000, when the element can be turned on, powers the bi-colored switch and it will light up red, when I turn it on it turns green. This makes it easier to instantly know what is happening.
FWIW I run the system off a 20 circuit.
SPECIAL NOTE: I am in no way saying that a thermo couple, PID and controller is on par with this. That is the correct way to build a RIMS system. What I have works and is MUCH cheaper but it is not perfect, if you stray away from my build this may not work for you, IMO you absolutely must use an ELD element, no exceptions! I am not responsible for anyone that is burned, electrocuted or starts a fire with this set-up.
I would like to thank the people that posted up all the great articles here on RIMS systems, I have probably read them all. Truly invaluable and inspiring!