How to Make a Heat Stick

How to Make A Heat Stick

Use and make at your own risk. Only use with a GFI outlet otherwise you could die!

You can use a different wattage hot water heater element depending on the amperage of the circuit you are using it on. If you don’t know anything about electrical, please don’t use anything higher than what i am suggesting here.

A 1500W will work on a 15A GFI circuit with no problem.

The items you will need are as follows:

1500W 120v hot water heater element

1 1/2″  chrome/brass sink waste arm

1 1/2″ pvc elbow

10 ft. Extension cord 15A rated or higher

JB weld

1 #6 brass screw, nut, and washer

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1 1/2″ pvc 8 inch straight section

1 1/2″ pvc elbow

1 1/2 ” pvc cap

15 HD 3-prong plug.

First, you want to punch a dimple in the waste arm to make it easier to get your drill started. You then want to pick a drill bit the same size as your screw. Then drill a hole in the side of the waste arm.

After you’ve got your hole drilled you’re ready to get started with then next portion of the heat stick.

Next, you want to connect the white and black wires to either side of the posts of the element, it doesn’t matter which side is which.

Once your connections are tight coat the entire end in jb-weld. Be very generous with the jb weld as you want to make sure no water can seep through.

Let the JB-weld cure for about an hour or so before you move on to the next step, so you don’t get JB-weld everywhere.

Next you want to feed the screw through the hole in the side and on the inside the washer then the nut. Wrap the green wire around the screw and tighten the nut down. Make sure you coat everything on the inside very liberally with JB-weld. This has to be water tight. You can even put some around the screw on the outside.

Now feed the open end of the extension cord through the waste arm. And mount the heater element in place. Coat everything with all the jb-weld you can get on it, it has to be water tight.

Once everything is coated very well screw the cap on the waste arm. Make sure you fill any gaps you see with JB-weld as to make a water-tight seal. After this you can wait about 12 hours for the JB-weld to cure. After it’s fully cured stick it in a pot of hot water for about 10 minutes just to make sure it is water-proof.

Here is the Heavy Duty 15 Amp plug, you don’t have to use this, but i would recommend it.

Secure the ends of the cable to the posts on the plug. Like i said before the white and black don’t matter. The green does however, it should be hooked to the bottom prong on the plug, it will most likely be marked with green of some kind anyway.

Hook up the PVC however you like, as you can see i wanted mine to be able to be hooked over the pot. Just make sure before you attach the plug you run your wire through the pvc section.

This is a GFI outlet. Only use a Heat Stick if you have one of these otherwise you could die. Make sure to test it each time you use the Heat Stick to check functionality.

Now for the first test. Make sure the heat stick is submerged, and plug it in. It’s almost instantaneous heat. And because its only 1.5kw it’s very cheap to run. Absolutely do not plug in the heat stick unless it is submerged in water, the element will get red hot and fry.

Again, i am in no way responsible if you kill yourself using this. Use a Heat Stick at your own risk. They are very safe if made and used properly, if used improperly or not hooked up to a GFI circuit it could kill you.


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