Re: measuring wattage using Sutronics controller?
- I do the same - listen to the boil.
Another way is:
At 100% power, allow the still to fully equalize with 100% reflux.
Note the still head temperature. Then, slowly decrease the power
until the still head drops a bit. On mine, I can drop the power 15%
(measured using a true rms wattmeter) before the temp starts to drop
--- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, "Lindsay Williams" <linw@x> wrote:
> I can understand your difficulty! To go back to end results, you
> a roiling boil not a violent 'gassy' one. Admittedly, this is hard
> determine if you can't see it but you should be able to hear it. A
> rumbling boil could describe it! Then check your still operation
> (purity, take-off rate, temp etc) to see if it is about right.
> Hope this helps.
> --- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, "pure95percent"
> <pure95percent@y...> wrote:
> > I have been hearing everyone talk about how much wattage they
> > using and then "cutting down" during the collection phase. I
> > understand how you are able to know what the reduced wattage is
> > you reduce by putting multiple elements in series or parallel.
> > How about when you use a sutronics burst fire controller? Is
> > easy way to measure the wattage? Voltage readings are a little
> > different with the sutronics control because it pulses the
> > and off.
> > I do have a neon bulb on the output so I can "see" the pulses.
> > adjustment is so touchy though between "fast pulsing" and "slow
> > pulsing" that it will be hard to mark the knob position. Might
> > to use trial and error on it.
> > Thanks!
> > Roderick