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Old 01-10-2008, 02:50 PM   #1
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So, I was looking around on McMaster car and I came upon drum heating elements, and I was wondering if these could be used on a keggle for a HLT and/or a brew kettle?

Any thoughts?

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Old 01-10-2008, 03:09 PM   #2
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It appears that it MIGHT work, but they're awfully expensive...

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They only go up to around 1200W, and those cost $200-300. From what I've seen, when using the immersion water-heater elements, you need at least a couple thousand watts to comfortably boil a batch - and immersion-type elements would inherently be more efficient because nearly all the heat they generate would be going into the liquid, whereas these band heaters would lose a lot to ambient unless seriously insulated. You'd probably need 2 or 3 of them, plus a whole bunch of insulation, resulting in a total cost that could get dangerously close to 4 figures, and probably not work any better than the common existing methods.

So, I don't think they'd be a good choice, especially for a boil kettle. If cost were no object, they might be sort of nice for maintaining mash temps, though the thermostat would likely need to be replaced with something more accurate...

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Too expensive, efficiency out the window. To be the first one to do it would be the only reason I think.
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