1500W Band Heater for Premium Kettle

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Band heaters are a more efficient heating method than electric hotplates. They also reduce the risk of scorching by lowering the heat density and moving the heat from the bottom of the kettle, where particles will settle, to the sides of the kettle. The weight of a complete moonshine still is not an issue when using a band heater, unlike a hotplate, which can be crushed under the weight of a full kettle.

These band heaters are specifically made to fit Brewhaus 8 gallon and 15 gallon premium kettles. Because they wrap around the kettle, the diameter of the kettle must match the band heater precisely. We cannot guarantee that our band heaters will fit any type of kettle other than Brewhaus kettles.

Note: Band heaters are electric heating elements, and they will short out if you get them wet.


  • Made of stainless steel, matching the finish on your kettle
  • 110V
  • 1500W
  • 13.98" x 2.36" (355mm x 60mm)
  • Lower risk of scorching than an internal heating element


  • Always place your kettle on a heat tolerant surface when heating.
  • A 2" distillation column requires one band heater regardless of whether you are using an 8-gallon or 15-gallon kettle.
  • A 3" column with an 8 gallon kettle requires one band heater. A 3" column with a 15 gallon kettle may require 2 band heaters to bring it to a boil and then cut to one band heater during distillation.
  • A 4" column with a 15-gallon kettle may require 2 or 3 band heaters, depending on additional factors.

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  • 4
    Band Heater is very nice

    Posted by Scott Thompson on Jun 26th 2019

    I have had very good success using this Band Heater and the 5 gallon kettle. I imagine it is a bit slower than using a propane flame but it is much more portable, conserves floor space, and does not raise the thermometer at the top of the column any higher :-). I have not had anything burn inside the kettle so cleanup is easy enough. My only complaint is that the plug is pretty darn short which puts it close to the kettle where spills are more likely to happen. I usually raise it (and an extension cord) up off the floor and cover it so that should a spill happen my electricity and water won't mix.

  • 1
    Band Heater

    Posted by adam sanborn on Jul 28th 2018

    I have purchased two of these and each of them have burned through the wires and frayed within 3 uses. They have not gotten wet. Seems like with the quality of stills they would want to match with a decent product.

  • 5
    Works well

    Posted by Unknown on Jun 24th 2018

    Takes two to get my 15 gallon keg boiling

  • 3
    Thomson Charles

    Posted by Thomson Charles on Mar 26th 2018

    I was unable to collect any hearts as the temp would not go above 90 degrees C. This was after the heater had been on for five hours.

  • 5
    Band heater

    Posted by Jason on Oct 23rd 2017

    Works great!

  • 5

    Posted by David on Feb 18th 2017

    I have maybe 200 hours on my and it still going, i mounted it on a 15 gal keg. Take around 4 hours to heat up 7 gal. Smoke and burning smell is normal for the first use, you can turn it on outside for an hour but it is not that bad, i start my inside.

  • 1
    Started smoking and burning

    Posted by mlbolt on Feb 1st 2016

    I bought this form my local brew store. When I took it home to use It didn't fight as tightly as I would have like so I cinched it down well and as soon as I turned it on it smelled of smoke. After about 5 minutes I could see several spots that were smoking on the band. So I turned it off. I don't see any UL listing on it along with the smoking makes me a bit dubious of this product. I am hoping I got a bad one and will not have any issues with returning it.

  • 4
    Works well

    Posted by Len on Oct 3rd 2015

    I love the design, the band heater is slow to boil 6gal in my 7gal PSII but there is no flame and no propane so its worth the long heatup time. The cord and plug are pretty cheap but its hung in there for dozens of uses now. I highly recommend electric heating.

  • 5
    Works well on my kettle

    Posted by Roger on Aug 2nd 2015

    I built a kettle out of a 15 gallon keg with an opening near the bottom as well as the top. This band works well as the keg is slightly larger than the band, so I had to have about a 4" gap which worked out great at the opening area. I got a piece of all-thread to replace the screw that was in there. The opening is a 6" ferrell with an end plate that I drilled and tapped for one of those 1500 watt immersion heaters, so between the two I have 3000 watts of power heating up the kettle. Works well. The only thing that I worry about is where the cord attaches to the band strip. Haven't had any trouble with it as of yet, but it is an area that I take care to protect, it just seems flimsy there. I should also state that I have just started and have only used this on 1 run.