Seems like the builds I've seen so far have X feet of chord coming out of their kettle then plugging into their control box.
I would like the disconnect to be at the kettle so I can clean the kettle out in my sink, versus cleaning in place. Sure I could still clean a kettle with x feet of chord hanging from it but this way would be less clumsy.
In this approach, I would have the power cord hard wired to the panel > then ~10' of chord > then a female plug (since hot can't be male's) > that connects to a 4" chord with male plug on the box attached to the kettle.
Am I missing some reason why more people don't do this. Maybe Kal will chime in