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HotRod Heat Stick, DIY Kit (Hot Rod)
HotRod Heat Stick, DIY Kit (Hot Rod)

Our Price: $79.00

Quantity in Stock:37

Product Code: HOTROD

Hotrod Drop Tube Option:

This is the barebones kit version of our Hot Rod Heat Stick

This kit was our answer to all the DIY contraptions that use miscellaneous plumbing parts and various epoxies and sealants to make a leak free system. We've designed this from the ground up using 100% TIG welded 304 stainless steel. The heart of the system is the lower electrical enclosure which is based on 2" triclover flange. It allows for a wide open hole to make the electrical connections but also be reliably water tight. The most important part is the solidly welded ground lug that provides the important earth ground for safety.

What's included:

  • Main body consisting of the 2" TC canister with a long welded on vertical wire conduit. The top of the conduit has a 1/2" Female NPT bushing welded on and we also include a cord grip threaded in there.
  • 2" TC x 1" NPS adapter for threading in the heating element of your choice. This adapter is fully custom and includes a groove for the sealing oring to sit tight. We also include the TC clamp and gasket.
  • Various electrical ring terminals and ground connection hardware. You'll need to crimp these terminals to the wiring yourself unless you add the labor charge.
  • A hanging clamp that will hold the HotRod against the sidewall of your pot and keep it from flopping over. This clamp is height adjustable as it is just a tension clip. When the unit is submerged into your kettle/tank, it is perfectly fine to rest the unit on the bottom of the kettle. There is a rudimentary clip/hanger included (slightly different from the pictures) that is meant to stabilize the vertical conduit and hold it near the kettle wall but it is not meant to suspend the full weight of the whole unit.

What is NOT included:


We offer all these items on the website as well as a prewire labor charge if you'd like us to do that work. Alternatively we've created one or more prewired/preconfigured versions you can get in one click.

The only mods offered are whether the drop conduit is bent or not and how much of a bend it has. The height when left straight is about 27". With a 90 degree bend you lose about 5 inches of wall clearance and with 170 degrees you lose about 9" of wall clearance.

Wire Notes: The drop conduit ID is large enough for 12/3 (or 14/3) SJ style cord to pass through with or without the bend and without any mods to the cord. When using a higher wattage element like 4500 or 5500 watts, you'll be using 10/3 cable (unless your length is under 10 feet in which case it's possible to use the 12/3 SJEOOW cable we sell). If your element needs 10/3 cable, you will have to strip the external jacket off the cable, as well as remove the packing twine in order to fit the three internal insulated conductors through the conduit. It's not difficult to do when the tube is left straight. If you want to use 10/3 cable and still want us to bend it, you'll have to get our cable and use the drop down "pull and prewire" under the hot rod labor item.

When selecting an element, keep in mind that the Hot Rod's enclosure adds about 2.5 inches of horizontal depth to whatever length the element is.

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  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Great January 3, 2022
Reviewer: Goldie Bradley from Bucyrus, OH United States  
This thing is great I run brewzilla with the 500 watt element and the hotrod heat stick  with 1650 watt elemnt. Cut heat up on half and the boil is great way better then just the 1500 total  from the brewzilla alone. Well made will buy more from bobby at brewhardware.com

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5 of 5 More Power February 19, 2021
Reviewer: Adam Frey from West Chester, OH United States  
Using this with a 1650 watt element alongside my 5500 watt built in element.  The result cut about 45-50 mins off my brew day due to the shortened ramp times of heating to strike, bringing to boil, and cleaning cycles.

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5 of 5 Excellent piece of kit! December 9, 2020
Reviewer: Nate from Morgantown, WV United States  
Converted my 120v 1500w Lowes special over to a 90-degree HotRod, and I'm very pleased with the result! Instructions, especially the YouTube video, are great.

Clean-up should be easier, the supporting spring-clip is perfect, and there will be no more questionable PVC / JB Weld contact with my brew.

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5 of 5 February 7, 2020
Reviewer: Mike Landro from Discovery Bay, CA United States  
Works great. No leaks

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5 of 5 Superb Design October 2, 2018
Reviewer: Tom F from Aurora, IL United States  
Bought to replace a previous DIY heat stick I made using various plumbing fittings.  The Hot Rod design is spectacularly simple, versatile , and genius with the TC connection.  The YouTube wiring video made wiring a quick 15 min job. Highly recommended.

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