Heater element replacement help ....

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Heater element replacement help ....

Post by willee » Wed Feb 15, 2017 2:41 pm

I need to replace the heater element unit on my Still Spirits T-500 boiler.
The elements are mounted to a round plate and that plate seems to be held to the bottom of the pot by some adhesive.
Anyone know where I can get a replacement element assembly of this type and what adhesive I would need?
Still Spirits says they do not have the parts available.
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Re: Heater element replacement help ....

Post by still_stirrin » Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:01 pm

Well, you might be due for an "upgrade".

Tough luck with the Still Spirits hardware...definitely not a favorite around here. Good luck.
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Re: Heater element replacement help ....

Post by willee » Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:28 pm

still_stirrin wrote:Well, you might be due for an "upgrade".

Tough luck with the Still Spirits hardware...definitely not a favorite around here. Good luck.
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I think you might be right ... I used it for a sparge water heater and if I can not find a heating element for it I guess I can use it as a fermenter.
I do like to fix things.
Been looking at some SS 8 gal milk style cans with the removable heaters in the 2" tri-clover ports at Affordable Equipment and they really look good.

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Re: Heater element replacement help ....

Post by rad14701 » Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:04 pm

Have you checked with Still Spirits yet...???

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Re: Heater element replacement help ....

Post by NZChris » Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:31 pm

Are you 100% sure the elements are the problem? I've heard they have a reset button that is hard to find.

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Post by The Baker » Thu Feb 16, 2017 1:55 am

NZChris wrote:Are you 100% sure the elements are the problem? I've heard they have a reset button that is hard to find.
I called the TV man when it stopped working. He found an EXTRA on-off push button under the screen...
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Re: Heater element replacement help ....

Post by willee » Fri Feb 24, 2017 3:26 pm

NZChris wrote:Are you 100% sure the elements are the problem? I've heard they have a reset button that is hard to find.
Yeah ... the over-temp or "run-dry" breaker is located in the center of the bottom cover and it is reset.

I used an Ohm-meter to verify the 1000 watt element is open ... the smaller 600 Watt element is still good but just not enough wattage.
Still Spirits has a very limited number of replacement parts for the boiler and unfortunately the element is not one of them.


Looks like its time to re-purpose this boiler and invest in something more durable and modular.

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Re: Heater element replacement help ....

Post by bitter » Sat Feb 25, 2017 5:06 am

For the price of a replacement boiler you could make a good keg setup.

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Re: Heater element replacement help ....

Post by NZChris » Sat Feb 25, 2017 5:33 am

Poke a hole in it for an element.

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Re: Heater element replacement help ....

Post by Pikey » Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:32 am

NZChris wrote:Poke a hole in it for an element.
Lol - Sometimes we miss the obvious solution don't we ? Well spotted Chris :thumbup:

I have similar bonded elements on my swan brand tea urn. I don't know if you can get them as spares, or even how to go about de-bonding them, but it may be worth asking the question ?

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