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Round elements

Postby Oldstunty » Sat Dec 22, 2018 19:16

Evening All :party:
I'm looking at upgrading the the elements in my boil kettle, and was wondering if anyone has used round
elements in their builds? :hmm:

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Re: Round elements

Postby HTH1975 » Sat Dec 22, 2018 22:20

Never used one, but when I was looking at dropping serious coin on a custom-made element I learnt that (typically) you get less chance of scorching wort when your element has more area to dissipate it’s rated wattage. Circular elements have more surface area, so they can only be a good thing imo.

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Re: Round elements

Postby Oldstunty » Sun Dec 23, 2018 13:33

That's exactly what I was reading about the other day. :thumb:
Think I'll take a punt and give it a go. What's the worst that can happen :electric:

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Re: Round elements

Postby Pjam » Sun Dec 23, 2018 16:42

I assume you don't mean one of these?

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Re: Round elements

Postby Oldstunty » Sun Dec 23, 2018 16:53


I enjoy a glass of wine each night for its health benefits. The other glasses are for my witty comebacks and flawless dance moves.
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Re: Round elements

Postby HTH1975 » Sun Dec 23, 2018 19:25



Looks spot on - ‘watts density’ was the term I was looking for. They have some nice kit on that site. I’ll be interested to hear how you get on with this.

btw, are you going to run this off a dedicated circuit, or maybe your cooker circuit? - a 5.5kW element won’t run on a 13A mains circuit as it wants 23A. P=IV, reconfigure for I (current)... I=P/V, 5500/240=22.91A

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Re: Round elements

Postby Oldstunty » Mon Dec 24, 2018 18:17

I'm in the process of a diy control box, so there will be some hefty ssr's involved, somewhere.
Just need to get my arse in gear and do it :party: :cheers:

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Re: Round elements

Postby sledgehammer » Wed Dec 26, 2018 13:03

i like the idea of being able to switch the 3 elements sepratly
fast to the boil then turn off elements to keep the rolling boil
and efficient power consumption wise too
at the moment i run a 3.3Kw Incloy immersion heater element when it gets up to the boil its a little too vigerious

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Re: Round elements

Postby LeeH » Wed Dec 26, 2018 14:38

You can control the boil with a PID in manual perfectly. No need to have multiple switched elements.


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