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HotRod Heat Stick, Ready to Use (hot rod)
HotRod Heat Stick, Ready to Use (hot rod)

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Our Price: $144.00

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Product Code: HOTRODRTU

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You can buy this as a bare-bones kit elsewhere on the site and add whatever wire length and element you want. This particular item is a ready to plug in heat source that is fully prewired for you with the features most commonly requested.

It includes the bare bones hotrod hardware, an element (choice in dropdown), 9 feet of 14/3 SJEOOW cable (or 12/3 if you choose the 2200 watt option), and a plug (choice in dropdown). Note that approximately 2 feet of the cable length is consumed by the drop conduit and internal wiring so from the cable grip to the plug measures an actual 9 feet.

*Please note that if you plan to use a temperature controller of any kind that will interrupt power to the hot rod, you should use a standard plug on the Hot Rod and plug the controller into a GFCI protected outlet. It his not recommended to constantly make and break power *through* a GFCI plug.

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.

If you would like to add additional footage of the 14/3 cable, add it as a separate line item and note in comments to add that additional length to the hotrod. If you select the 2200 watt element, please note that any additional cable must be the 12/3 type.

  1. Vertical conduit bend options: Left straight, you get about 28" of overall height. This option only needs to used if you have a very deep pot. The most common option is the 90 degree bend. This allows for less strain on the cord but the max pot depth (if you want it to nearly sit on the bottom) is 23". Finally, if your pot is only about 19" tall, you can opt for the 170 degree bend which will loop you over the pot wall like a Sheppard's hook and make the wire drop straight down. If you are using this in addition to a flame under your pot, the 90 degree bend gives you the best clearance to keep the wire away.
  2. Plug type: Standard plug is just a 15 amp 3-prong plug that will fit any standard outlet. If you choose this option, we HIGHLY recommend that you confirm that the outlet you will use regularly is GFCI protected (the ones with the test/reset buttons). The other option is to purchase our GFCI adapter found in the accessory list on the right. This will protect you from potential shock regardless of the outlet type you plug into.
  3. Element wattage. You have a choice between a ULWD 1650 watt element, which will run on a typical 120 volt / 15 amp household circuit and a LWD 2200 watt element but keep in mind if you select this, you must select the 20 amp plug in the "plug type" dropdown menu. This option requires that you already have a 120 volt / 20 amp circuit available that it already have a GFCI protected receptacle installed. Be sure you know what you have to work with before purchasing this option.
The minimum pot width for this unit is 11.5". It WILL fit the Grainfather, Mash N Boil, etc.

GRAINFATHER, Mash N Boil, Robobrew USER FAQ:

1. Have you heard of anyone using this on a grainfather?
Grainfather users are my top customer base for the hot rod. The 90 degree bend works great.

2. How much faster will the water heat?
The stock 1600watt heater in the GF takes 60 minutes to take 7 gallons of water from 70f to 158F. With the addition of the 1500 watt Hot Rods, it will reduce it to 30 minutes.
Similarly, when you pull the grain and start ramping to a boil, the ramp will take 18 minutes instead of 35.
3. How do I control the boil?
Once you hit boil, instead of running the grainfather on the higher 1600 watt setting, it's best to let the hotrod run at full power and then switch the GF into mash mode which only adds 500 watts but the combined 2000 is about right for a decent rolling boil.

4. Can I plug the Hot Rod into the same outlet as the Grainfather?
Absolutely not. The GF and Hot Rod both require a 15 amp circuit that is not already being used for other appliances at the same time. Plugging them both in to the same circuit will trip your circuit breaker almost immediately. The easiest way to figure out if two receptacles are on the same circuit is to plug a radio in to your intended location, turn it up loud and then flip breakers off until the sound stops. Then go hunting to find the nearest receptacle that is still on.

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5 of 5 A MUST HAVE FOR GRAINFATHER! October 13, 2022
Reviewer: Daniel from Maryland  
I've never been able to get a rolling boil with my G30, even when at 6800 ft!  This item for me to boil after mash in 25 minutes and finally helped me achieve a decent boil off rate!  Wish 8 bought this years ago!

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5 of 5 I can finally boil on the stove! March 29, 2021
Reviewer: Craig Peacock from Lawrenceville , NJ United States  
I bought the 1650 watt and it has a lot of power.  With the burner on high it is as fast as propane and once boil is reached I only need a small flame so I push the kettle back under the extraction fan which keeps steam to a minimum in my kitchen.  
Highly recommended and so glad I could buy this already made.

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5 of 5 Hot Rod March 17, 2021
Reviewer: Robert Gross from Edgewater, MD United States  
The Hot Rod arrived minutes before I started heating the mash and sparge water on my kitchen stove top.  Up to temp, 177 F for the grain bill in a short time.  Sweet!  Same for the second batch.  Didn't need to boil outside in the cold.  Next year will purchase the 240 volt version.

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5 of 5 Works great! February 12, 2021
Reviewer: Brad Brown from Georgetown, TX United States  

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5 of 5 Great product worth every penny December 7, 2020
Reviewer: Mark3885 from WNY  
I converted to electric brewing after using propane burners for 4 years . The hotrod is a simple and convenient way to change over to electric. No drilling or welding to my existing pots , just hang the Hotrod over the side and plug into a proper outlet. The 2200 watt element raised 50F water to 175F in 85 min for my strike water.  I have a few ideas to speed this process up , so improvements on the horizon . Having the proper electric outlet and correct wire for your element size is of utmost importance. A GFCI breaker is common sense and needed to avoid injury.

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