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Electric Steam Base


The Electric Steam Base works in tandem with the standard Big Jim’s Parkerizing Tank. (Parkerizing Tanks sold separately.)

Simply fill the Steam Base with clean water and place the parkerizing tank securely on top. The steam created in the Steam Base will provide even, steady heat to your parkerizing tank, just as done in any double boiler system. 

The only disadvantage of this system over having the element directly in the parkerizing solution is that it takes a bit longer to heat up.  However, the advantages outweigh this many times over. The Steam Base creates an even, steady heat. Also, the heating element cannot scorch the parkerizing solution. 

The Heating Element IS included with this unit.

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This Steam Base works in tandem with the standard Big Jim’s Parkerizing Tank.


  1. If applicable, remove ALL protective vinyl before use. Failing to do so will result in the vinyl melting/burning onto the mirror-finish stainless steel.
  2. Install the heating element in the end of the Steam Base. Always use plumber’s tape or sealing compound on threaded connections to enhance the seal and prevent binding. Note that you may need to pinch the coils of the heating element in order to fit it through the port on the Steam Base. Read ALL instructions and warnings that come with the heating element to ensure proper use.
  3. Position the Steam Base on a sturdy, level work surface within reach of an electric outlet. Make sure all four of the rubber feet are positioned fully on top of your work surface.
  4. Fill the Steam Base with clean water so that the coils of the heating element are completely covered. There should be able 1/2″ of water above the element. If the coils are not fully immersed during use, overheating may cause damage and dangerous conditions.
  5. Place the Big Jim’s Parkerizing Tank flat on top of the Steam Base so that the tank’s drain valve is on the opposite end from the base’s thermostat. Plug the heating element into an outlet and turn on. Do NOT force the thermostat knob past the high limit stop. Do NOT leave unattended during use.
  6. Most of the steam will be trapped inside of the Steam Base, beneath the Parkerizing Tank. However, some minor leakage of steam may occur. If you need to add water to the Steam Base to maintain proper water depth, turn off and unplug the heater. Then allow surfaces to cool before attempting to move the Parkerizing Tank. There is one end of the Steam Base that does not have a lip on it. This allows you to slide the parkerizing tank to the side a few inches to check/add water to the Steam Base.
  7. IMPORTANT: To get your parkerizing solution up to the proper temperature, it helps to use the system at room temperature and also use a lid on your tank.

Big Jim’s Parkerizing Tanks are proudly handcrafted in the USA. Every tank carries a limited lifetime warranty against craftsmanship defects.

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This tank will be fully insured in shipment! No need for additional safeguards.

We have these units in stock and will ship within two days of purchase.

(For Alaska & Hawaii residents as well as all countries out of the USA, please ask for a shipping quote. We ship a lot of these tanks to Alaska and the price for shipping has ranged from $65-$80 extra.)

Sorry, we are currently not doing any custom sizes or features for these tanks.

Heating Element Styles/Brands may vary slightly from the photo. All heating elements are 120 volt and thermostatically controlled.

One of our heating element models has been the Heet-O-matic by Vernatherm: Instruction/data sheets


Full = 40" length, Half = 20" length


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