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kal
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PostLink    Posted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 5:31 pm    Post subject: Heating Element Assemblies Reply with quote


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Heating Element Assemblies



We use premium stainless steel American made Camco heating elements specifically made for beer brewing. They will not rust when left in water for extended periods..

These heating element assemblies include only quality parts and feature:

1. UL listed for use in the US and Canada.
2. Ultra low watt density (ULWD) or low watt density (LWD).
3. A stainless steel base that will not rust.
4. Better sheath (tube) material made from a high performance nickel-chromium stainless steel (804) alloy with much better temperature and corrosion resistance than standard shiny 2xx/3xx stainless steel.
5. Premium SJEOOW cord protected with expandable sleeving.
6. Tough industrial grade nylon locking plug (not cheap molded rubber).

ULWD elements prevent the wort from being scorched or caramelized as the heat output is only 50W per square inch (7.8W per square cm) or less. ULWD also provides added safety as the element will not break instantaneously if fired "dry" (not immersed in water) by accident. Mistakes do happen so we recommend that ULWD elements be used whenever possible instead of LWD, especially when the element is in contact with wort. The high performance nickel-chromium stainless steel alloy sheath used on these elements provides additional strength to resist dry firing.

One of the most challenging parts in creating our Electric Brewery was how to attach the heating elements to the kettles in a safe and secure manner. Our heating element kits ensure that the entire kettle is electrically grounded in the same way any power tool or appliance chassis is grounded, with all wires well protected.

Our heating elements follow the same 100% weldless principles used by our Blichmann Boilermaker kettles. There are no screw-on threaded fittings that need to be welded to your kettle. When done right weldless connections are tight fitting, never leak, never require any adjustments, and are perfectly safe. For more information see our heating elements article.

For complete details visit our order page. GO


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kal
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Drinking: German Lager, Electric Hop Candy Jr, Scottish 70/-, Cali Common, Maibock, Helles, Russian Imperial Stout, Black Butte Porter

Working on: Weizen


PostLink    Posted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 2:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Effective immediately:

All of our Heating Element Kits now ship with name brand Camco brand heating elements with a stainless base (will not rust). These are still ULWD (Ultra-Low-Watt-Density) ripple heating elements. ULWD means that they produce only 50W per square inch (7.8W per square centimeter) or less so as to not scorch or caramelize the wort. Equally important is that they are UL listed for use in US/Canada. The best part: The price remains the same!

Remember these 3 things when looking for heating elements:

1. ULWD (50W sq in / 7.8W sq cm or less)
2. UL listed for use in US/Canada
3. Stainless base (no rust)

These heating elements will also be available for order separately very soon for those looking to upgrade.

Kal

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PostLink    Posted: Tue May 12, 2015 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update:

Straight 4500W and 5500W stainless steel heating elements are now available in our heating element kits and for order separately. Perfect for smaller kettles, RIMS based setups, or other places where ripple elements will not fit.



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PostLink    Posted: Sat Mar 19, 2016 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is there any performance value in one shape of element over another? And I'm specifically referring just to shape, not brand or material, just the one's you sell. If I have the option to use either, would there be a reason to choose one over the other?
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Drinking: German Lager, Electric Hop Candy Jr, Scottish 70/-, Cali Common, Maibock, Helles, Russian Imperial Stout, Black Butte Porter

Working on: Weizen


PostLink    Posted: Sun Mar 20, 2016 1:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Use the ripple (curved) ones whenever possible as they are the lowest watt density (ULWD) because they are longer.

ULWD elements prevent the wort from being scorched or caramelized as the heat output is only 50W per square inch (7.8W per square cm) or less. ULWD also provides added safety as the element will not break instantaneously if fired "dry" (not immersed in water) by accident. Mistakes do happen so we recommend that ULWD elements be used whenever possible instead of LWD, especially when the element is in contact with wort. The high performance nickel-chromium stainless steel alloy sheath used on these elements provides additional strength to resist dry firing.

More info: http://www.theelectricbrewery.com/heating-element-kits

Good luck!

Kal

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PostLink    Posted: Sun Mar 20, 2016 2:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Camco 02932/02933 are straight elements that are advertised as ULWD also.
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Location: Ottawa, Canada

Drinking: German Lager, Electric Hop Candy Jr, Scottish 70/-, Cali Common, Maibock, Helles, Russian Imperial Stout, Black Butte Porter

Working on: Weizen


PostLink    Posted: Sun Mar 20, 2016 4:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wscottcross wrote:
The Camco 02932/02933 are straight elements that are advertised as ULWD also.


Like here:

http://www.amazon.com/Camco-02933-Screw-In-Foldback-Element/dp/B001RD7MK0/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=theelectricbrewery-20&linkId=3ecad42b3304a83414de7e3520b33e2c

I wonder if that's a typo, or if they're still within the ULWD range. Some of the comments mention LWD.

One thing's for sure: If the wattage between two elements is the same, the one that is effectively longer (due to bends), the watts per sq inch are going to be lower.

Kal

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