Upgrade - advice needed please

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Re: Upgrade - advice needed please

Post by BenB » Sun Feb 05, 2017 1:20 pm

mozza wrote:
BenB wrote:Could be V nice- easy to clean when that shape, trying to decide whether the density is higher than the other elements though. I've also got the 1.5kW jobbies in my boiler (two of them). Some Ebay suppliers have them on still for about 6 quid.
Do they look quite smart? Looking at them can you plug a 3 pin cable straight into them?

That's my issue with the U-shaped jobbies, I'm not brilliant with electrics so how easy would it be to wire them up and make it look like a neat job? Also with there being only two pins how would you connect the earth?
The 1.5kW elements are dead easy because they take a standard kettle lead (except you want a hot conditioned lead).... That lead supplies the earth supply also. The inner plate has a threaded hole in it and you can use the supplied setscrew to screw through that hole so it contacts the boiler skin. Job done.

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Re: Upgrade - advice needed please

Post by BenB » Sun Feb 05, 2017 1:20 pm

mozza wrote:
BenB wrote:Could be V nice- easy to clean when that shape, trying to decide whether the density is higher than the other elements though. I've also got the 1.5kW jobbies in my boiler (two of them). Some Ebay suppliers have them on still for about 6 quid.
Do they look quite smart? Looking at them can you plug a 3 pin cable straight into them?

That's my issue with the U-shaped jobbies, I'm not brilliant with electrics so how easy would it be to wire them up and make it look like a neat job? Also with there being only two pins how would you connect the earth?

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Re: Upgrade - advice needed please

Post by mozza » Sun Feb 05, 2017 7:07 pm

Ordered up four of the 2kw elements
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In the description even the contacts are 304 stainless. Provided they turn up in the next few weeks I think they're a bit of a bargain lol. Will fit two and keep two for spares.
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Re: Upgrade - advice needed please

Post by Fil » Tue Feb 07, 2017 6:00 pm

wise plan getting 4x ;) not a huge loss if the punt fails but provides you with backups for the backup should the punt pay off will keep me digits crossed for ya..
ist update for months n months..
Fermnting: not a lot..
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Drinking: dry one minikeg left in the store
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Re: Upgrade - advice needed please

Post by Fastline » Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:04 pm

How are you going to cover the live connections to make it safe

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Re: Upgrade - advice needed please

Post by Donald » Tue Feb 07, 2017 9:05 pm

Those UShaped Chinese element also come in a right angled version - so you connect through the base of the pot (so strong, flat surface) and it turns after 20mm or so toie along the bottom.

A freind of mine has a Biab with a 2kw and a 1 kw pair of these that been running brillianly for the past 6months or so since he built it.

Having two elements makes controlling the boil easy while giving the oomph to get up to temperature as well.

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Upgrade - advice needed please

Post by mozza » Tue Feb 07, 2017 9:41 pm

Fastline wrote:How are you going to cover the live connections to make it safe


Provided there is enough thread showing I plan on fitting a junction box over it
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Or if that fails then a thinner plastic box will hopefully work. Maybe something like this-
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Will cross that bridge when I come to it :)
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Re: Upgrade - advice needed please

Post by Fil » Wed Feb 08, 2017 12:01 am

i would go with something like Image

you could easily fit a fused cable exit face to it ;)
ist update for months n months..
Fermnting: not a lot..
Conditioning: nowt
Maturing: Challenger smash, and a kit lager
Drinking: dry one minikeg left in the store
Coming Soon Lots planned for the near future nowt for the immediate :(

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Upgrade - advice needed please

Post by mozza » Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:02 am

Hopefully the wife doesn't tell me off for going slightly bigger than planned. For the money it would have been rude not to go for 50L and a thermopot ;)
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Pots are immaculate, no dings or scratches. The best bit is I ordered them on Tuesday and they rocked up this morning!
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Re: Upgrade - advice needed please

Post by mozza » Fri Feb 10, 2017 1:34 pm

Looks like the punt paid off!
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Can't believe they turned up already!
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Re: Upgrade - advice needed please

Post by Fastline » Fri Feb 10, 2017 2:54 pm

Is that a 50L thermo pot

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Re: Upgrade - advice needed please

Post by mozza » Fri Feb 10, 2017 5:40 pm

Fastline wrote:Is that a 50L thermo pot
yeah, I wanted one about 38/40L but the only had a 32 or a 50. Thought I'd just go for the 50. Going to keep it forever. Will need a fair bit of pre heating I assume?
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Re: Upgrade - advice needed please

Post by mozza » Tue Feb 14, 2017 8:20 pm

Just a quick update. I had the day off work so spent the day tinkering with the boiler.

Pretty pleased with how it's looking so far. Just the tap left to fit!

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Re: Upgrade - advice needed please

Post by Fil » Tue Feb 14, 2017 11:22 pm

lookin good :)
ist update for months n months..
Fermnting: not a lot..
Conditioning: nowt
Maturing: Challenger smash, and a kit lager
Drinking: dry one minikeg left in the store
Coming Soon Lots planned for the near future nowt for the immediate :(

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Re: Upgrade - advice needed please

Post by dbambrick996 » Tue Feb 14, 2017 11:31 pm

Looks the biz, nice build

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