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What is the best smallish enclosure for a coffee maker type heating element? Answered

I'm wanting to start a project involving the use of an old coffee maker heating element. I don't know what type of safe enclosure to put it in to keep it separate from the wood fixture it will be attached to. Any ideas?

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lemonie (author)2009-08-17

It this a tube-heater? How was it mounted in the machine, and what to? L

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jimjobe (author)lemonie2009-08-17

The attached (I hope) picture is similar to what I'm working with. I pulled it out of an oldish Mr. Coffee brand coffee maker, but I'm not sure how hot it gets or how much space I need to leave it.

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jimjobe (author)jimjobe2009-08-17

Ok, I guess the image didn't work. Basically it is a horseshoe shaped tube with the heating element along it. I'll be sending water through to heat it as it passes. I need to mount it on a wooden cabinet, but I'm not sure what the best (and safest) way to do that is. Thanks!

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steveastrouk (author)jimjobe2009-08-17

You'll need to guarantee that it can't get too hot for whatever you want to keep it in. Most of these warmer plate things limit their temperature with a failsafe thermostat physically screwed to the things. Has yours still got that fitted ? Given that the manifacturers stick these things in plastic boxes, assuming you have your stat working, you'll be OK in wood.

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jimjobe (author)steveastrouk2009-08-17

Yes I left the thermostat on and the fuses. That is wonderful news. Thanks for your help!

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frollard (author)jimjobe2009-08-18

Might even want to consider some fiberglass (or similar) heat-proof material as standoffs to have an extra level of separation.

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lemonie (author)jimjobe2009-08-17

Yes it's a tube heater, they don't get too hot (having water in them and a thermal-switch as steveastrouk says). So I agree with steve that you're safe screwing this to wood, providing you keep the thermal-switch.

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