So after seeing someone that turned a deep fryer into a tank heater, I thought I can do that. So Here is the build
Looking around my garage i found a wall paper steamer that i got and used once to remove car window tent. I also went to the pluming store and got some parts. (listed at bottom)
After cutting the top off the steamer I Removed the heating element
Here are the parts laid out (after this I had to do a tip for parts)
after drilling hole in 2 inch cap i installed the heating element
Here is the Dry fit
The nice part of the steamer it uses a computer style power cable with no odd wiring.
Final assembly is simple just glue all the joints.
Now after testing this works great How ever there is no thermostat controls. To solve this Pick up a heater control from your local Grow shop (hydroponic shop) or your local brewing supply store (beer or wine). depending on type and what it dose this may run $60-$100
Due to the water displacement It dose float. I anticipated this I will be adding a resin inside to weight the piping and keep moister out of unit. I did not want to add this in during build so that i can test for leaks first.
One Wall Paper Steamer (1500w)
One 2 inch cap
One 2 inch elbow
One 2 inch to 1.25 inch adapter
Two 1.25 inch Two foot long pipe
Three 1.25 inch elbows
My Cost was about $15 for the heater parts and $70 for the controller.
So For $85 I now have a a 1500w tank heater.
Note: this dose get hot to touch in 35f water and will burn you or anything that is in contact very long. I Will be installing it in The sump. a 700 gallon tank.