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HotRod Heat Stick, Ready to Use, 1500 watts with GFCI (Hot Rod)

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Product Code: HOTRODRTU1500GFCI

Hotrod Drop Tube Option:

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, a 1500 watt element, 12 feet of 12/3 SJEOOW cable, and a GFCI enabled plug.

*Please note that if you plan to use a temperature controller of any kind that will interrupt power to the hot rod, you MUST wire in your controller between the GFCI plug and the hot rod itself. You may not interrupt power BEFORE the GFCI plug because it is designed to trip upon power failure. If you want to plug this hot rod into a controller, you should order the one with the plain 5-15P plug on it and just make sure that you have GFCI protection upstream of the controller.

The only customization we are allowing on this kit is that you can add additional footage of the 12/3 cable as a separate line item and if you want that length added to the 12 feet included, please note that during checkout.

The only mods offered are whether the drop conduit is bent or not and how much of a bend it has. 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.

The minimum pot width for this unit is 12".


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 do I add additional length to the cable when ordering?
If you get the Ready to Use unit with the 1500 watt element, the way to add more length to the cord is to add item Cable12 to the cart with the number of feet to add on.

3. 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 HR, 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.
4. How do I control the boil?
Once you hit boil, instead of running on 1600, it's best to let the hotrod run at 1500 watts 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.

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  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Works great with my grainfather November 2, 2017
Reviewer: Anonymous Person  
Shipped immediately, arrived quickly (cross border even).

Works great with my grainfather, sped up my brew day.

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Great product August 25, 2017
Reviewer: Dave C. from Pittsburgh, PA United States  
Must buy if you have the US 110v of the GrainFather. Was able to get to temp at half the time and the boil was as strong as a propane burner.

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Awesome for grainfather November 15, 2016
Reviewer: kai mckillop from Kaneohe, HI United States  
Awesome for grainfather users. This got a boil going closer to propane. For the cost of a propane burner you can buy this and be brewing with a good boil.

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Great product. November 8, 2016
Reviewer: Gustavo Ribeiro from Cambridge, MA United States  
Sturdy and plug and play. Awesome product.

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2nd hot rod September 25, 2016
Reviewer: Michael M from Wilbraham, MA United States  
I liked my first hot rod heat stick so much I purchased a second. I use the 1500 watt to heat sparge water. My 2000 watt I use to boil the wort. Both work great.

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