Hands On Review: 1000 Watt Heat Stick with Temp Trial

Here’s a hands on look Allied Precision’s 1000 Watt Bucket Heater


Font of the Box


Close up Front Left Side


Close up Front Right Side


The Heat Stick


In all, this is about 17″ Long


The shield portion of the heat stick is right around 8″  This is the portion you are supposed to keep submerged in water while the heat stick is plugged in.  The directions say that the unit cycles itself on and off, for safety, if the water level gets below 6″.  Otherwise, the unit is constantly on.


Close up on the handle end of the heat stick.


Top down view


Installed and working in my Blichmann BoilerMaker Kettle.  Getting ready to brew More Beer’s Citra Pale Ale.

Temperature Trial…


To test this out, I put 5 gallons of cold side tap water into a 6 gallon-ish kettle.


I used my ThermoWorks ChefAlarm Thermometer and Timer [Review] to track progress.  This thermometer tracks both min and max temps, has a built in timer and has an available waterproof probe.  I also used the alarm feature to let me alert me to notable progress points.  My tap water came in at 66.9 degrees F.


The probe wire going into the kettle


The water hit 80.9 deg F (+14 deg F) in right about 10 minutes.  Average increase: 1.4 deg F per Minute.


The water hit 100.5 deg F (+33.6 deg F) in 22 minutes.  Average increase: 1.53 deg F per Minute.


The water hit 160.5 deg F (+93.6 deg F) in about 1 hour and 10 minutes.  This is notable because, depending on your beer and mash profile, we’re getting close to strike water temperature.  Average increase: 1.33 deg F per Minute.


 The water hit 200.1 deg F (+130.2 deg F) in about 2 hours and 13 minutes.  Average increase: .98 deg F per Minute.

I use this to get a head start on my strike water and mash water.  I can have this setup and have someone else at home plug it in.  I recently brewed More Beer’s Citra Pale Ale.  This heat stick was plugged in about an hour and a half before I knew I would be home.  When I got home my strike water nearly ready to go.  I was mashing in within 10 minutes of arriving home.  That saves propane and it saves time.  After starting the mash I also use this to heat up sparge water.  Sixty minutes isn’t enough time to get there, but it gets me close and I can finish it off with my propane burner.  Similar advantages are available for extract batches.

This saves me time and propane.  It also helps me out in cold weather brewing, because I can leave my garage door closed longer.  Using this, I don’t need to fire up my propane burner until just before sparging.

Safety Caveats Apply:  This is an electrical device that’s being immersed in water.  It does have safety features (a guard and power cycling).  Always read and follow manufacturers instructions.

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15 thoughts on “Hands On Review: 1000 Watt Heat Stick with Temp Trial

  1. stuntman1979

    Anyone ever tried hooking this up to temperature controller? Seems like a great way to hold your HLT temps.

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  2. Anonymous

    I bought one of these to supplement my home setup. I use an electric stove, and it takes about an hour and a half to get my wort runnings to a flaccid boil. With such a long time to get to the hot break, my beer was turning out cloudy. My first batch with this stick, I used it to heat my mash water and added it to my boil kettle on the stove. After runnings, I got to a rolling boil in under 40 minutes. My brew is crystal clear now.

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  3. Jeff Ellman

    I’ll be buying one to use in my laundry tub that I soak bottles in. This way I can soak bottles all day long without the PBW getting cold.

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    1. Chris Brewer

      Unless you’re using it in conjunction with some sort of a RIMS/HERMS system, I don’t think it would work. I think it would scorch the grain.

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  4. Steven Schwartz

    Any thoughts on buying two of these and heating up that water twice as fast? It would put you at 200 in about an hour, comparable to i’d guess a 40000btu propane burner.
    Would be pretty easy to wire up a ranco or stc1000 and adjust for exact mash temps

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    1. Chris Brewer

      I think that could work pretty dandy. The one thing, I’d be interested to know is if a single/standard breaker would support two of these on the same breaker. If the answer is no, then you’d just need to make sure they two were plugged into separate breakers.

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    2. Jeff Ellman

      Two of these devices running on a single 15amp breaker would blow it for sure. You could get away with a 20amp breaker if it were the ONLY things plugged in (and you had a strong/solid breaker. 30 amp breaker would be fine.

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  5. Anonymous

    It would appear that it is just fine if you are making beer for your horses per the pictures on the box. Of course, whiskey for the men, beer for the horses.

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  6. Jeffrey Crane

    I use this in similar fashion as you do. I use this in a cooler to heat my entire mash and sparge water. It is very handy since this can be in a cooler at the top of a gravity fed system, which is much easier than having a propane burner mounted up high.

    Also with the addition of a simple timer, I can have it set to turn on early in the morning and have all my water ready by the time I wake up.

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  7. Anonymous

    I keep reading comments online about this element and its use with drinking water. No where does it say it is dangerous for drinking water but rather, that it is untested. Any comments or concerns regarding this?

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    1. Chris Brewer

      It’s a good question. As homebrewers we use a lot of things in slightly different ways than they were probably designed for. Personally, for me and myself, I have no concerns about using this for beer. I believe many are using this for this purpose and at least one homebrew shop is selling what visually appears to be the exact same model – http://bit.ly/1a4QAYw. Having said all this, it’s a good question to consider and I can certainly understand if someone says… you know what, I’m uncomfortable with this because it doesn’t explicitly say xyz.

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