Originally Posted by jCOSbrew
Your heating element need 2 hots plus ground. Also make sure that your kettle is grounded (to the element power cord) and that your power source has a GFCI.
Well, yes and no. The kettle needs to be grounded for safety reasons but not to fire the element.
One way to rule out the element as a potential problem is to simply wire it without the SSR in the way. Close the contactor and you should get heat.