## Temp Control Again?

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• Howdy, someone asked if a router speed control would work for variable control of a Water Heater element. I didn t find an answer, anyone? Here is one, would
Message 1 of 6 , Nov 21, 2005
Howdy, someone asked if a router speed control would work for variable
control of a Water Heater element. I didn't find an answer, anyone?

Here is one, would this work to variably control a water heater element?

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=43060

Also this being a 15 amp max what max size element would it be able to
handle.

Thanks
• 15 amps x 120 volts = 1800 watts. 15 amps x 240 volts = 3600 watts. Are you using 120 volt elements? no Idea if the controler would fry if you hook it to 240
Message 2 of 6 , Nov 21, 2005
15 amps x 120 volts = 1800 watts.
15 amps x 240 volts = 3600 watts.
Are you using 120 volt elements? no Idea if the controler would fry if
you hook it to 240 volts, but good chance of it.
Francis

--- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "Carter N/A" <htcustom@h...> wrote:
>
> Howdy, someone asked if a router speed control would work for variable
> control of a Water Heater element. I didn't find an answer, anyone?
>
> Here is one, would this work to variably control a water heater element?
>
> http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=43060
>
> Also this being a 15 amp max what max size element would it be able to
> handle.
>
> Thanks
>
• ... variable ... element? ... able to ... I can positively attest to a router speed control working on a 120 volt 1440 watt water heater element. Works like a
Message 3 of 6 , Nov 21, 2005
--- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "francis_heath"
<francis_heath@y...> wrote:
>
>
> 15 amps x 120 volts = 1800 watts.
> 15 amps x 240 volts = 3600 watts.
> Are you using 120 volt elements? no Idea if the controler would fry if
> you hook it to 240 volts, but good chance of it.
> Francis
>
> --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "Carter N/A" <htcustom@h...>
wrote:
> >
> > Howdy, someone asked if a router speed control would work for
variable
> > control of a Water Heater element. I didn't find an answer, anyone?
> >
> > Here is one, would this work to variably control a water heater
element?
> >
> > http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=43060
> >
> > Also this being a 15 amp max what max size element would it be
able to
> > handle.
> >
> > Thanks
> >
>

I can positively attest to a router speed control working on a 120
volt 1440 watt water heater element. Works like a charm. However my
first attempt was with a 120 volt 2000 watt element and after approx.
4 hours, it fried the electronics. Now I start with a 240 volt 4440
watt element and when vapors start, drop it off and start the router
control and 1440 watt element. I have an amp gauge in series with the
router control and adjust the power according to amperage. Hope this
helps.
• Do they make 120V elements, if so I ll use 2 of them to bring up to boil and then use one to keep the heat with the router speed controller. Next question,
Message 4 of 6 , Nov 21, 2005
Do they make 120V elements, if so I'll use 2 of them to bring up to boil and
then use one to keep the heat with the router speed controller.

Next question, along the same lines, if I have 2 120v elements criss crossed
in the keg how far apart should they be verticallY an inch? and how far from
the bottom of the keg as tight as I can?

Thanks

>From: "francis_heath" <francis_heath@...>
>To: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com
>Subject: [new_distillers] Re: Temp Control Again?
>Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2005 11:20:01 -0000
>
>
>15 amps x 120 volts = 1800 watts.
>15 amps x 240 volts = 3600 watts.
>Are you using 120 volt elements? no Idea if the controler would fry if
>you hook it to 240 volts, but good chance of it.
>Francis
>
>--- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "Carter N/A" <htcustom@h...> wrote:
> >
> > Howdy, someone asked if a router speed control would work for variable
> > control of a Water Heater element. I didn't find an answer, anyone?
> >
> > Here is one, would this work to variably control a water heater element?
> >
> > http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=43060
> >
> > Also this being a 15 amp max what max size element would it be able to
> > handle.
> >
> > Thanks
> >
>
>
>
>
>
• No one asked. I recommended that unit. Repeatedly. Works great at throttling a 1500W element down to 900W or so. -- Brendan Keith bkeith@sympatico.ca
Message 5 of 6 , Nov 21, 2005
No one asked. I recommended that unit. Repeatedly.

Works great at throttling a 1500W element down to 900W or so.

--
Brendan Keith
bkeith@...

> -----Original Message-----
> From: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com
> [mailto:new_distillers@yahoogroups.com]On Behalf Of Carter N/A
> Sent: Monday, November 21, 2005 4:05 AM
> To: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [new_distillers] Temp Control Again?
>
>
> Howdy, someone asked if a router speed control would work for
> variable
> control of a Water Heater element. I didn't find an answer, anyone?
>
> Here is one, would this work to variably control a water
> heater element?
>
> http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=43060
>
> Also this being a 15 amp max what max size element would it
> be able to
> handle.
>
> Thanks
>
> >
• Same here, but I put a voltmeter across it, instead of an ammeter in series. One less junction heating up. -- Brendan Keith bkeith@sympatico.ca ... I can
Message 6 of 6 , Nov 21, 2005
Same here, but I put a voltmeter across it, instead of an ammeter in series.

One less junction heating up.

--
Brendan Keith
bkeith@...

> -----Original Message-----
> From: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com
> [mailto:new_distillers@yahoogroups.com]On Behalf Of bumpkin68
> Sent: Monday, November 21, 2005 10:35 AM
> To: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [new_distillers] Re: Temp Control Again?
>
>
>

I can positively attest to a router speed control working on a 120
volt 1440 watt water heater element. Works like a charm.
..
> I have an amp gauge in series with the
router control and adjust the power according to amperage. Hope this
helps.

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