Kev888 wrote:Thanks Tony, thats interesting. i hadn't really planned to use it as a boiler (years ago I found a converted beer keg at a car boot that i use to boil stuff), but I its nice to know that its an option.
The tap seems okay at the moment, but I may get a new/spare element - the current one looks like its had a lot of hard use.
In the past I have used a Burco boiler both as a HLT and as a copper/boiler, there is a controller built in which is a simmerstat (which means it controls the electrical current somehow and thus controls the temperature - but I am beyond the limit of my knowledge already.
On a practical front it worked well for me in both uses, but as a boiler over time there is a buildup of beer on the element and this reduces its effectiveness (can be cleaned with acid).
There are several types of element, mine was shaped like a butterfly's wings more modern ones have a flat element I think. When new mine had a cover over the element (presumably to prevent clothes getting burnt) I used to have a problem as a boiler with hops getting under this cover but solved after I removed it which is simple.
One final point after many years of use the element on mine wore out and shorted to earth - which meant even though turned off it was heating - so replacing the element is a good place to start