RE: [new_distillers] Question regarding immersion heaters and wiring
I wasn’t thinking about the light dimmers. I think the ones that work with electric fans should be enough but probably not. I will probably head out to the electrical supply store to get my goods, I just don’t think Lowe’s is going to have what I need and I agree a circuit breaker is going to be a far better choice and was actually what I was thinking of… just couldn’t get the words out right ;) I was far too distracted at the time of writing. Anyway I will calculate out what amperage the two heaters wold be running full on (max setting) and take that as a basis to see what circuit in my apartment will handle that.
I would go with 2 heater. Have one with an on/off switch (this is just
used to get to boiling). Have the second with a rheostat or other power
controller. Make sure this will cope with the load (light dimmers don't
in my limited experience). Also, make sure your house circuit will cope
with both elements, or run one via one circuit and one via another.
Finally, RCDs (residual current devices) on each are far better than
fuses (response time, among other things).
that's what I've been using for years (first for brewing, then modified
--- Terry Mays <temays_in@...> wrote:
> I have my boiler tank, 15.5 gallon "keg" and my
> question is
> first off one or two 1500 watt immersion heaters and how should I
> wire the
> up, in series with a rheostat, i.e. dimmer switch, or in parallel
> with two
> separate dimmer switches one for each immersion heater. I guess my
> question would be do I need two heaters for 15.5 gallons. Also,
> should I use
> a fuse block in front of the on/off switch in my control panel? This
> probably covered in some fie manual that I should have read, but
> design seems to be a little lacking in everything I look at. It is
> sort of
> an assumed item. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
> Thanks in advance,
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