I built an inline heating element assembly using some 1" copper pipe, a 1" threaded female fitting and some 1/2" fittings. The idea is, wort comes in from the bottom 1/2" fitting, flows over the element, and exits the top fitting. In theory, this should work swimmingly.
It's about 16" long, however, and it will be hot. I'd like to fabricate some sort of housing for it and the panel-mount thermostat controller, something that can handle the heat with no issue, and provide a solid base for this thing to be set upright next to my mash tun.
Has anyone else built something like this? What did you use? How well does it work?