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Old 04-09-2013, 04:22 PM   #1
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So, I had a 8 gallon kettle running a single 1500watt element + stove top assist. This method worked well, but I was growing tired of the dance to stop boilovers when I had 7 gallons in there.

So I upgraded! I got a brewers hardware 15gallon kettle, with 2 extra ferrules for elements and their neat element adapters. With the two elements I no longer need the stove! I'm super excited, but now I've reached a stumbling block.

Where do I put my hot kettle as its boiling?

For my test run last night I just put it on a few towels on top of the counter, but I also didn't sustain a boil for an hour on those either. I'm leery to continue with that method, as I don't want to damage the countertop.

So does anyone have simple countertop stands for their kettles? How did you build it?

Eventually I'll have a dedicated stand, but for now the kitchen becomes my brewery on brew days, and then everything gets tucked into the closet. Any advice would be much appreciated!

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Old 04-09-2013, 05:54 PM   #2
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A small wood or granite cutting board would work fine or you could just put it on a stove burner.

 
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:00 PM   #3
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I put my e-keggle on cinder blocks until I get around to building a slightly less ghetto brew stand. I built it to have a drain right at the bottom to get as much beer out as possible.

 
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:28 PM   #4
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you upgraded to 2 elements. are you still using 1500w each?

 
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:33 PM   #5
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They're 2000 watt elements now. I wanted the ability to run 10 gallon batches, but it took a while to get 10 gallons boiling last night, so I'm not sure I'll actually get that high.

Should be able to do 8 gallons now though =D

Thanks for the advice guys, I have a ikea wood cutting board that should do the trick!

 
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:43 PM   #6
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Back when my brewing table was wood, I used cork heat mats - the same kind you use under hot cooking pots. If you can't find one large one, 4 smaller ones are fine.

Kal

 
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Old 04-09-2013, 08:02 PM   #7
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Corrugated cardboard.

 
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Old 04-11-2013, 01:56 PM   #8
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I have a wood stand and use the 14 in. variety of these

http://www.amazon.com/Plastec-ECR12-...words=cork+mat

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Old 04-11-2013, 02:38 PM   #9
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I also went with a wood cutting board. It was fairly cheap and I got it at Walmart.

 
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Old 04-11-2013, 06:59 PM   #10
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I have a wood stand and use the 14 in. variety of these

http://www.amazon.com/Plastec-ECR12-...words=cork+mat
Awesome link, I just purchased one. Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks!

 
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