Electrical Heating Element: "Plunger" vs Band Heater

edited September 2023 in Accessories

Good morning all, I hope you are doing well today!

I am using a normal resistance heater so far, but I was reading about the benefit of the bands heaters like this one:

Ocobudbxw 170mm Thin Band Heater Element 220V 750W For Household Electrical Appliances @ Amazon.co.uk


Benefits are:

  • No contact between heating element and the product
  • Easier to clean
  • Less risk of scorching

Any feedback/experience on that solution?
And any idea where to buy it in Europe (240V)?

Thanks a lot in advance!

600 x 608 - 26K


  • 750 watts is not very much output.

    Will they make a custom fit band with a more usable output for distillation?

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  • edited September 2023

    @Smaug, agreed, I just showed this as an example, I am looking for 2-3kW range, and my question was: where could I buy this kind of band in Europe/ready 240V. I painfully discovered that US (110V) devised are actually producing about FOUR times the advertised power with 110V :>

  • edited September 2023

    Brewhaus (sorry..) is selling one, but the feedback are really negative: 1500W Band Heater for Premium Kettle - Reviews @ Brewhaus

  • edited October 2023

    My 800L fermentations are multi-stage, but once I've got the full 800L in the fermenter, I make sure the temp is a little higher than the temperature I want to support. Then I use a Schego 600W titanium heater immersed in the beer to maintain a particular level (using a temp controller on the heater). Although 600W is quite low, this will happily support a 30+degC temp in the UK winter with no room heating. I would recommend a circulating pump from the bottom to the top ( @CothermanDistilling's recommendation) to even out the temp and keep the yeast moving. Note that if I go to 900L+ in the UK summer, this will flip the need to heat to the need to cool instead ...

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