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Old 10-08-2013, 05:25 PM   #1
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I've gathered the hardware for my electric setup over the past 6-7 years. Somewhere along the line, I found a 5500W "S" style element for my HLT that appears to have a magnesium anode built in to the element--see picture. I just don't remember where I got the element and haven't found any on-line that seem to match it. Does anyone have a source/part # for these elements (at a decent price)? My 4500W element in my boil kettle rusts like crazy if I don't get every single drop of water off of it after cleaning.

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Old 10-08-2013, 06:04 PM   #2
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Most people have really good results with a thin smear of aquarium grade silicone sealant over the base.
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Old 10-08-2013, 11:07 PM   #3
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Brewmation sells elements with a stainless base. They are pricey but I went with them cause my hard water rusts elements in no time.

 
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Old 10-09-2013, 12:21 AM   #4
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Brewmation sells elements with a stainless base. They are pricey but I went with them cause my hard water rusts elements in no time.
And how is that working out for you?

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Old 10-09-2013, 12:52 AM   #5
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And how is that working out for you?

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I'm in the process of switching to big pots so I've only done tests with water but no rust in situations that would have rusted before.

 
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Old 10-09-2013, 01:14 AM   #6
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In regards to Stainless steel elements... What about any of these?
http://www.plumbingsupply.com/elements.html

http://www.menards.com/main/plumbing...885-c-8689.htm

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Stainless-St...-/390663086831

 
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Old 10-09-2013, 01:28 AM   #7
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Unfortunately the base of any of those aren't going to be stainless. It's pretty hard to find any screw in type ones that have stainless bases that don't cost a fortune. They're made more for the industrial market and you can find them on eBay. They usually have a box attached for electrical connections. I found some with a 316 stainless base and sheath on eBay once for not much but it was a very lucky find.

There are a lot of non screw in types that could used if you can find a way to mount them. Most of them are HWD I think but some are LWD I believe.

I'd be curious to hear how the 430 stainless elements do over a period of time because if they do well, that may be a good option.

A 304 stainless base and encloy sheath ULWD element at a reasonable price would be awesome if anyone ever decided to try to market to homebrewers.

 
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Old 10-09-2013, 01:32 AM   #8
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bummer


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Unfortunately the base of any of those aren't going to be stainless. It's pretty hard to find any screw in type ones that have stainless bases that don't cost a fortune. They're made more for the industrial market and you can find them on eBay. They usually have a box attached for electrical connections. I found some with a 316 stainless base and sheath on eBay once for not much but it was a very lucky find.

There are a lot of non screw in types that could used if you can find a way to mount them. Most of them are HWD I think but some are LWD I believe.

I'd be curious to hear how the 430 stainless elements do over a period of time because if they do well, that may be a good option.

A 304 stainless base and encloy sheath ULWD element at a reasonable price would be awesome if anyone ever decided to try to market to homebrewers.

 
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Old 10-09-2013, 02:03 AM   #9
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bummer
lol, yeah I know.

I was unlucky with the rust, but it seems that a lot of people don't seem to have any problem with the regular elements.

 
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Old 10-09-2013, 02:28 AM   #10
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My city water puts a white film on everything!!

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lol, yeah I know.

I was unlucky with the rust, but it seems that a lot of people don't seem to have any problem with the regular elements.

 
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