I assembled an electric kettle with a 5500W CAMCO heating element. The element heats water significantly faster than my gas burner ever did but peaks out at 205-210 degrees. I can take 5 gallons from 60 to 210 in only 9 minutes but cannot get it to boiling. The circuit breaker is 30amp. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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It's got to be the element going open at that temperature - 5500W is plenty of power (9 minutes!). I guess this a water heater element, designed to operate at 120F or so, it might even be a 'safety feature'. An inductive ammeter would answer that question very quickly.


Does the Kettle have a thermal cut out switch wired in the circuit with the element? If this is the case the thermal cut out switch switches the element off each time it gets to a specific temp. this is a safety feature and can be bypassed by if you have some electrical knowledge.


Turns out it was the $40 Blichmann Brewmometer sticking. Exchanging it tomorrow.

  • You should have simply added this as a comment to your own question.
    – brewchez
    Dec 10, 2014 at 17:16
  • wait, the thermometer was sticking? could you not observe the wort to see if it was boiling or not?
    – djs
    Dec 11, 2014 at 18:56
  • yes, but the element produces bubbles even when the surrounding water is not at 212 or more.
    – Eric
    Dec 31, 2014 at 17:10

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