I tried it, and it seemed to work at first. However, there was a temperature sensing glitch. That went away; it was possibly due to an oxidized connector at the PCB. Then I noticed that there was something rattling in the wand. Turns out there’s a glass (?) insulator around the element, and part of it is broken up.
Sparkfun sells elements, but it doesn’t appear that they sell the outside insulator. Do we want to try to find a replacement part, or replace the entire unit?