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Old 01-25-2009, 12:04 AM   #1
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I finished my 2kw heatstick today, so I went ahead and made a 10ft extension cord for it. I used a 20 amp GFCI and a 20 amp light switch. I mounted them in a dual outlet box. Now, I can turn it on and off without unplugging.

I also added a digital thermometer to my MLT, using the "Pol Stopper" method.

Used the MLT with cold water in it to test the heatstick. I raised about 2.5 gallons of 57* water up to 81* in about three minutes, so I guess it worked.

Most importantly, I am still breathing!



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Old 01-25-2009, 12:57 AM   #2
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I finished my 2kw heatstick today, so I went ahead and made a 10ft extension cord for it. I used a 20 amp GFCI and a 20 amp light switch. I mounted them in a dual outlet box. Now, I can turn it on and off without unplugging.

I also added a digital thermometer to my MLT, using the "Pol Stopper" method.

Used the MLT with cold water in it to test the heatstick. I raised about 2.5 gallons of 57* water up to 81* in about three minutes, so I guess it worked.

Most importantly, I am still breathing!


Is that like co#k blocking? Congrats!


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Old 01-25-2009, 01:00 AM   #3
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That is very cool ... van you post a pic ?
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Old 01-25-2009, 05:50 PM   #4
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That is very cool ... van you post a pic ?
Here are a few:



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Thanks - looks so simple .. and cost-effective !

110 ?
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110v, 2000watt.

The switch, GFCI, cords and plugs are all rated at 20amps. That extension cord will be useful camping, too.
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Can you tell us the part you used for the element ? I know there is a thread abt this, but I don't think it was 2KW.
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They come in various sizes. Most of the heatsticks I have seen are 1500 or 2000 watt.

Mine is just a 110v, 2000 watt water heater element from Home Depot. Cost about $9.

I just followed this guys instructions:

How to Build an Electric Homebrewing Heatstick Audio Tutorial Podcast and Step by Step Photo Instructions
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They come in various sizes. Most of the heatsticks I have seen are 1500 or 2000 watt.

Mine is just a 110v, 2000 watt water heater element from Home Depot. Cost about $9.

I just followed this guys instructions:

How to Build an Electric Homebrewing Heatstick Audio Tutorial Podcast and Step by Step Photo Instructions
Do you know if your element is low or high density? Also, I have read that some elements had a coating that needed to be removed before it was safe to brew. Did you have to do anything special to yours?
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Nice job, what I did w/ my two sticks is to wrap a small piece of 12 ga copper wire around the tip to avoid it contacting the cooler wall. I once noticed a tiny dimple inside the cooler caused by the heat of the stick.


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