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Old 11-30-2012, 05:28 PM   #1
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Default Can't figure out how to mount this element, maybe you do?

Hey guys,

I got two elements for my birthday from my girlfriend, but I just can't figure out how I can mount them to my HLT (it is a HDPE one). Before I'll put it for years in the closet and lie about the fact that I am using it, maybe someone here knows how to mount it?








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Old 11-30-2012, 08:06 PM   #2
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Im not an electrician or have much more clue than you, but that looks like a 3phase element to me.

My first thought was that it was triclamp, but the bevel makes me thing that it wont fit a triclamp.
Do you know what the wattage, voltage and heat per square inch is?


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Old 11-30-2012, 08:31 PM   #3
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Im not an electrician or have much more clue than you, but that looks like a 3phase element to me.

My first thought was that it was triclamp, but the bevel makes me thing that it wont fit a triclamp.
Do you know what the wattage, voltage and heat per square inch is?
Not an electrician myself either, but she told me that it can be run on 220v by hooking it up parallel. Which my circuit is able to handle. But I only need around 4kw each element, so the wattage per square inch should be neat.

I wanted to buy the ULWD from Camco myself, but shipment and import fees would triple the price, which I found to be a waste (but at least I would have had a simple screw in element )
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:22 PM   #4
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Not an electrician myself either, but she told me that it can be run on 220v by hooking it up parallel. Which my circuit is able to handle. But I only need around 4kw each element, so the wattage per square inch should be neat.

I wanted to buy the ULWD from Camco myself, but shipment and import fees would triple the price, which I found to be a waste (but at least I would have had a simple screw in element )
Not sure where you're located Brewshaunt, but if you're in Canada then check out amazon.com, I found a company on there that offered $4 shipping for the traditional Camco ULWD 5500 watt elements, so it only cost me like $26 Canadian for it, more than I'd pay in the stores here for a lesser wattage/quality element.

I have nothing to offer as far as hooking up a 3phase element to 240v though
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:10 AM   #5
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Are there any manufacturer markings on it?
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Not an electrician myself either, but she told me that it can be run on 220v by hooking it up parallel.
Sounds like you should just have your girlfriend figure it out for you
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Sounds like you should just have your girlfriend figure it out for you
Good point. She bought the damned thing, why shouldn't she wire it up? See the problems women cause
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I think a 2" triclamp ferrule and clamp would accept that element. You'd just slide it in then.

It is a 3 phase element, that's for sure. However this doesn't matter. A three phase element is really just 3 single phase elements put on one mounting flange. You can run only one or two of them if you want. If you do want to run three, then hook them up to separate circuits, and switch a few off to reduce heat if you want controllability.

You will need to think of each element loop on there as a separate 240v normal element.
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Do you even no the wattage of that beast?


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