Mwilcon wrote:I had mother boiler that worked well before, a 15 quart pressure cooker and it worked well and then my friend needed to use the boiler and...well....it didn't come back in useable condition. So I found this just laying around. It is alluminum the picture I uploaded was off google, too much work taking a picture, uploading it to the computer, then posting it. But it's the same setup. To controll the temperature I cut the power cord in the middle and wired a potentiometer in series with the heating element, screwed in a heat sink to the voltage regulator triac and enclosed the entire thing with a small plastic box. It works well and with a few calculations I discovered that with 100 volts running through the heating element it should give me roughly 175F.
I have read the introduction, and also many different topics before posting this thread. I wouldn't like to bother you guys if I could figure this problem out myself. I've spent alot of time thinking about this and I just can't get it.
You would be better off to find a suitable boiler non-aluminum.