How to ground hot water heater element in cooler? - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Electric Brewing > How to ground hot water heater element in cooler?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 11-09-2012, 11:36 PM   #1
chrismac676
Recipes 
 
Dec 2009
Boulder, CO
Posts: 17


I've installed a hot water heater element in a cooler that I plan to use as a sous vide machine. Any ideas on the best way to ground this? I'll always have it plugged into a GFCI breaker, but my understanding (please correct me if I'm wrong) is that grounding is still essential.

FYI I also plan to add an enclosure around element terminals.

Thanks in advance.
Click image for larger version

Name:	Photo Nov 09, 4 30 17 PM.jpg
Views:	628
Size:	44.8 KB
ID:	83152  

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2012, 12:56 AM   #2
chrismac676
Recipes 
 
Dec 2009
Boulder, CO
Posts: 17

Bump... Someone has a good answer on this one - help appreciated so I can cook tomorrow!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2012, 01:00 AM   #3
jeepinjeepin
 
jeepinjeepin's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Apr 2011
Winston-Salem, NC
Posts: 6,411
Liked 1046 Times on 1025 Posts


I guess the easiest way would be to sandwich a piece of sheet metal under the mounting nut and ground to that with a ring terminal and self tapping screw.
__________________
Walmart is about the only reason for open or concealed carry that I can get behind. -Randar

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2012, 02:50 AM   #4
lschiavo
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
lschiavo's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Sep 2009
Surrounded by Yoopers
Posts: 4,594
Liked 1046 Times on 711 Posts


If your enclosure is metal, make sure it is bonded well to the element nut and attach the ground to the box.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2012, 03:06 AM   #5
jpalarchio
Recipes 
 
Jan 2009
Holly, MI
Posts: 562
Liked 50 Times on 41 Posts


Seems like I saw someone take a small sheet of copper from a hobby store and cut a hole in it with a holesaw and used that as a connection point for the ground. It's somewhere buried in the forums I'm sure.

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
water heater element adapter Lucky_Chicken Electric Brewing 6 12-14-2011 11:12 PM
E-HLT question (water heater element/plastic cooler) RootvonRoot Electric Brewing 7 02-22-2011 01:35 PM
Short Water Heater Element? alowell Brew Stands 9 09-23-2010 07:05 PM
Rusting water heater element conpewter Brew Stands 19 03-22-2010 01:40 AM
How to ground a water heater element torpshootr Equipment/Sanitation 11 01-12-2007 09:05 PM


Forum Jump