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

Our Price: $72.00

Quantity in Stock:4

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.

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.

Average Rating: Average Rating: 5 of 5 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 14 Click Here to Write a Review »

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  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
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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5 of 5 Awesome August 23, 2018
Reviewer: Graham Philbrick from Durham, CT United States  
Great product, better than drilling through stainless pots if they don't have ports.  Also the joints are clean and better than the DIY heat sticks you see elsewhere

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5 of 5 this thing is great and I'm super happy with the u August 6, 2018
Reviewer: Brock Seals from Santa cruz, CA United States  
Makes clean up a snap
Easily travels from HLT to boil
one dual post 20 amp circuit for the dryer works well
5500 element has raw power and heats large volumes rapidly . A fifteen gal is aggressive and even with thick wart  the low d element won't burn it
Easy to install with a male 7' wip wired it to a 30 a female
bought  20 feet of cable and male plug from Bobby make sure you have him run the cable he's not kidding I couldn't do it.  I stripped the ground wire jacket back to get all 3 in.
Bobby's cable is better.  For a nice touch I took the ext jacketing from a shrinking garden hoses and it's really nice
buy your element at home Depot for 20$  I'm on my second element
None really .  you must be a little more careful and aware. is it nose up in your hlt which you didn't fill past 2 gallons. The blow wasn't bad
Thanks again for liberating me from the flames Bobby.

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