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Old 12-29-2012, 06:02 PM   #1
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Default Kettle too big for electric stove. What can I use to help transfer the heat better?

I homebrew in my small apartment and unfortunately only have an electric stove. The 5gal kettle I have is a bit too large for the stove. As you can see here, the kettle extends a bit over the stovetop (there's an elevated border around the stove top which causes some space between the kettle and the stove).
My friend was telling me they sell these iron bar things that could be placed on the stove and have the kettle sit atop it to get better heat transfer.
What do you guys recommend?


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Old 12-29-2012, 06:04 PM   #2
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Set it across two burners. some on here do it that way.


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Not that I think it's a good idea, but you could try getting a griddle to put across the 2 burners, I don't know if there's a better way of doing that but it's about the right size, probably not the right stability though.
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Plus it's a smooth top. Those can be a pain to get good heating on the BK to start with.
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My electric stovetop isn't smooth which is the big problem.
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Thought it looked like on in the pic? Mine has the old style coil heating elements. But I got the aftermarket ones that heat up faster. I can boil 3 gallons in my 5 gallon SSBK in about 18 minutes.
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Theres a super slight elevated border around the entire stovetop, so when I place the kettle on top, it actually rests on top of the border. I'm doing a test now and so far it's taken 1 hour to get to 150 degrees F
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Get a smaller kettle and do a smaller partial boil. Else, get a turkey fryer and work it somewhere outside.
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Get a smaller kettle and do a smaller partial boil. Else, get a turkey fryer and work it somewhere outside.
This is what I was going to recommend. The cheaper method would be to get a smaller kettle . . . but if you're willing to spend $50, a turkey fryer will be a huge boost to your brewing capacity. Just remember, if you use the aluminum pot that comes with the turkey fryer, DO NOT use it for anything other than brewing.
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:44 PM   #10
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Yea that's not really an option as I live in a small NYC apartment. I spread it across the burners and it seems like its heating up faster. All the ingredients I have are for a 5gal batch so getting a smaller kettle wouldn't be an option either. Some people say getting an electric heat stick could also help.


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