I'm trying to build a prototype for my own coffee machine. It'll have a container of water that will need to be boiled when a signal is sent by my arduino. The question is, what component should I use to handle this?
This is for a hackathon this upcoming weekend, so I don't mind it looking incredibly terrible. Some have recommended that I simply run a kettle through a relay controlled by an arduino, but my problem with that is I need the water to be inside a container that I'll be making, as it will need to be connected to some sort of stand. I was thinking I could take the kettle apart and isolate its heating element. Would this be ideal, or is there some component out there that will handle this?
Any suggestions and/or advice would be very much appreciated.
EDIT: An idea - What if I just connected a fully assembled kettle to a fuse, and used some sort of "pump" to retrieve the water in it? rather than creating my own container with a heating element that I would be able to drain with by opening a flap at the bottom.