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Offline tommy24a

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Boil kettle placement
« on: December 06, 2020, 03:58:06 am »
Have a Spike 20 gal BK. Have not used it yet. How hot does the bottom get? Reason I ask is building a table for it and want to make sure what material to use.

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Re: Boil kettle placement
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2020, 05:48:43 am »
Are you asking about an electric element BK?  I have an 18 gallon electric kettle I put on a silicone baking sheet on a stainless table and it works fine.  I assume that the temp gets to about 212F with a boil in the kettle, without the silicone buffer, but I haven’t measured the table temp.
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Re: Boil kettle placement
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2020, 05:59:01 am »
I have a propane burner under my BK.  The burner was setting on a wood platform.  The wood began to discolor after about a year of brewing.  So, I added ceramic tile on top of the wood.  Problem solved.  I have an induction burner under my HLT.  This burner is also on a wood platform.  I have experienced no ill affects from this burner after many years of use.

Perhaps you can be more specific with your question.
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Re: Boil kettle placement
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2020, 11:25:02 am »
Are you asking about an electric element BK?  I have an 18 gallon electric kettle I put on a silicone baking sheet on a stainless table and it works fine.  I assume that the temp gets to about 212F with a boil in the kettle, without the silicone buffer, but I haven’t measured the table temp.
Yes it is a Electric BK, was concerned on setting it on wood or something else that would scorch or burn.

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Re: Boil kettle placement
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2020, 12:18:16 pm »
Yeah, a plain piece of wood is an adequate insulator for an electric kettle. I use a half inch thick piece of isocyanate foam under my kettle and it’s been in service for about 7 years. No damage so far.
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Re: Boil kettle placement
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2020, 12:47:06 pm »
https://www.lowes.com/pd/Fleming-Supply-Black-Square-Foam-Tile-Common-2-ft-x-2-ft-Actual-24-in-x-24-in/1002634202?cm_mmc=shp-_-c-_-prd-_-dcr-_-google-_-pla-_--_-sosindoorfurniture-_-1002634202-_-0&placeholder=null&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI24yRwI667QIVVJJbCh1aDwxNEAQYASABEgIgbPD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

I use these. I like because when you have spills, you can just remove one kettle and one tile to either clean or if needed replace. I am on my 2nd peice for the BK. They are water proof and easily clean

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Re: Boil kettle placement
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2020, 01:39:22 pm »
It all seems to work as Martin and HopDen indicate.  Here's the idea I was saying about silicone:

https://www.walmart.com/ip/GRIDMANN-Pro-Silicone-Baking-Mat-Set-of-2-Non-Stick-Half-Sheet-16-1-2-x-11-5-8-Food-Safe-Tray-Pan-Liners/472263705

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Re: Boil kettle placement
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2020, 03:30:59 pm »
Thanks guys for the info! Great help!

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Re: Boil kettle placement
« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2020, 09:01:19 am »
I found an inexpensive stainless steel restaurant table on Craigslist to use as my brew table. I'm brewing with an electric herms system and I set my HLT, MT and BK on scraps of 2x6. After three years of use there is not even a hint of heat damage or even discoloration.
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