2" or 3" EMT conduit would work too. I didn't really intend for you to have to buy a full 10' stick of it--just hoped you had some handy. Round steel fence post (for chain link fence) would work too. Any thin wall steel pipe >1.5" dia will do. A 2" EMT coupler would work too. But that's $3...didn't want you to have to pay that much....I may have trouble finding conduit that size but I’m on the hunt.
I did do a test this morning and the element did not get hot until after the two 90’s past the mounting tab. I sure time and radiant heat would get there...
For a heat shield, the bigger the better. Think of the element like a piece of water tubing with a million holes in it spraying water out all over. That's what the infrared radiation is like. The water shooting up is all good. The water that shoots down and hits that shield will bounce back up at an equal angle like a ball bouncing off the ground. The water that shoots down but at a steep angle so it misses the shield is wasted. So I'd have been even happier if the shield was wider...but what you've got is great!!!Should I leave this the size it is or trace around the element?
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