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Offline Thirsty_Monk

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Stuff you should never do.
« on: June 07, 2011, 07:47:38 PM »
Like run your elements dry.

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Re: Stuff you should never do.
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2011, 10:25:26 PM »
I bet that stunk like the bejeezus! Did it with a heatstick. Freaky.
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Re: Stuff you should never do.
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2011, 12:16:25 AM »
And now you know . . .  :-\

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Re: Stuff you should never do.
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2011, 01:55:46 AM »
Ah jeez, that sucks. Thankfully every time I've come "close" to this, I got to the plug before anything happened. Way too easy to have happen though. I've been thinking about installing a pressure sensor linked to a switch for turning the elements off if there's no water in them.
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Re: Stuff you should never do.
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2011, 04:15:04 AM »
Wow that sucks. Sorry to hear about that.  :(

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Re: Stuff you should never do.
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2011, 04:55:05 AM »
Sucks. I would recommend the low density elements. I have let them run dry once or twice and they survived in tact. Also much easier to clean. I stopped using the elements like you have after losing two batches due to a smoky off flavor. Thought at first it was pedio, but turned out to be improperly cleaned elements and caked on, burnt crust.
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Re: Stuff you should never do.
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2011, 05:55:04 AM »
Oops.
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Re: Stuff you should never do.
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2011, 06:21:27 AM »
but turned out to be improperly cleaned elements and caked on, burnt crust.

apologies to TM for hijacking, but being that I am switching to electric soon, is there anything special to note about cleaning the elements?
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Re: Stuff you should never do.
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2011, 06:31:30 AM »
apologies to TM for hijacking, but being that I am switching to electric soon, is there anything special to note about cleaning the elements?

Be sure to get the ultra-low watt density & you shouldn't have to worry about it.
If you experience mineral build-up, you may want to soak them with something to remove the deposits.
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Re: Stuff you should never do.
« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2011, 06:34:53 AM »
I soak mine in hot PBW over night and most of the stuff hoses right off. But I take a thin, rectangular "scrubby" pad and run it around the elements like dental floss. I occasionally acid wash them to remove mineral deposits.
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Re: Stuff you should never do.
« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2011, 06:41:11 AM »
cool thanks guys.

sorry about your luck there TM.
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Re: Stuff you should never do.
« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2011, 07:35:19 AM »
cool thanks guys.

sorry about your luck there TM.
No harm done.
I had spare elements so I am up and running.
Worst think was that I had to climb into the HLT to pick small copper nuggets.
I am thinking of installing a float switch that would prevent this.

Saniclean do the trick of cleaning the elements.
It is acid thou so do not soak it overnight.
It would eat your element.
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Re: Stuff you should never do.
« Reply #12 on: June 08, 2011, 09:12:02 AM »
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Re: Stuff you should never do.
« Reply #13 on: June 08, 2011, 09:19:17 AM »
Ah jeez, that sucks. Thankfully every time I've come "close" to this, I got to the plug before anything happened. Way too easy to have happen though. I've been thinking about installing a pressure sensor linked to a switch for turning the elements off if there's no water in them.
As mentioned by TM above, I think I'd go with a float switch over pressure sensor/switch.

Sorry about the elements TM, but this just goes to show why heating elements are bad, and we should only use one of these:
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Re: Stuff you should never do.
« Reply #14 on: June 08, 2011, 09:50:32 AM »
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