After many years of loading and unloading my homemade Igloo Nitrous Bottle Water Heater from the truck bed at the track, I finally decided to make a new one that mounts permanently in the trailer. I didn't have enough room for the bigger igloo setup so this narrower aluminum one will be really nice to have. While I was at it, I added a new secondary thermostat that will kill the power if the primary one fails and the tank overheats. Sure it's a rare situation, but I like having the additional peace of mind for safety's sake. Kurt Riffle from Riffle Motorsports had an old tank he had laying around since he used to run Nitrous and I talked him into modifying it a little for what I was wanting to do. He added some additional drain bungs, and a pad to mount a snap action safety temperature switch to the side. That safety switch is something I've been wanting after witnessing a controller malfunction due to a bad sensor and stay on causing the bath to get too hot, obviously that would be a very bad situation with nitrous bottles that we want to avoid. Here's a list of the controls I'm using on this new setup if anyone is interested -
- PN# TG1153L - 1500 watt 120 volt water heater element from Grainger. This is a 4 bolt hole, 2 1/2" dia bolt circle flange mount style.
- Johnson Controls PN# A419ABC-1C 120 volt includes Johnson Controls A99BA-200C Sensor with 6.5' leads.
- Johnson Controls Immersion Well PN# WEL11A-601R.
- 104° F Thermal Switch Normally Closed PN# KSD301 *
- Unknown brand small pond pump to circulate water within the tank.