The steam condenser lid mount is applicable for those who do not have a sidewall Tri-Clamp port on their kettle and want to use the steam condenser. It allows mounting the body of the steam condenser directly to the lid. You will have to drill a 42mm hole in your lid to install the bulkhead fitting. Note: The lid will sit stable on the kettle but will be significantly heavier with the condenser installed, and will have a skewed center of gravity when removing. When removing the lid you should use heat protection gloves to prevent a burn from contact with hot parts.
The Bulkhead fitting installed in the lid has an approximately 6 degree angle to fit the lids we sell with our kettles. However you can still install the fitting on a flat lid. By rotating the 90 elbow where it meets the bulkhead as well as where it connects to the condenser body, you can install the condenser body so that it sits vertically.
If you would like us to drill the hole in your lid for you, please add this product to your order: Lid hole for Tri-Clamp bulkhead fitting.
The kit contains an Elbow 90 Tri-Clamp fitting, the Tri-Clamp Lid bulkhead fitting, plus one Tri-Clamp gasket and clamp. Steam condenser and kettle lid are not included.
If you decide the lid mount is too cumbersome to remove when boiling, you can add the Kettle Lid Hinge as an add-on to this kit. This allows easily opening and closing the lid with the condenser mounted.
- Drill a 41-44 mm hole in your lid. See pictures and tips below for hole placement!
- Carefully deburr the hole using a file or sandpaper.
- Install the bulkhead fitting into the lid. See the bulkhead fitting product for further instructions.
- Clamp the 90 elbow onto the bulkhead fitting.
- Clamp the steam condenser body onto the 90 elbow.
- Rotate as necessary to get the condenser vertical.
When installing the lid mount, you should take into consideration the weight balance of the steam condenser. Ideally, the condenser should be installed as close to center of the lid as possible, but the exit tube must clear the edge of the kettle. Also, it should be inline with the handle, to prevent any rotational force when lifting the lid. These two factors can be accommodated by drilling the hole slightly offset from the handle, and then installing the steam condenser slightly rotated to keep the center of gravity inline with the handle. See the pictures below for explanation.