RE: [new_distillers] Re: [Distillers] Phase angle power regulation
From what I see, buy the cheaper of either a variac or a burst fired triac,
or whichever of the two you can find, or just a couple of differently rated
How about a flat, tight spiral of copper, with water flowing through it, on
top of your hotplate. Then you can control the temp with water. How about if
you put this coil in the boiling wash?
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> From: John Vandermeulen [mailto:vandermeulen@...]
> Sent: 01 October 2002 10:56
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> Subject: Re: [new_distillers] Re: [Distillers] Phase angle power
> While I was lightly taken to task, in our last exchange, for
> not getting the
> terms right - I will try again. You all may recall that I
> heat my kettle with a
> 1000W electric hotplate. At the moment it is on an OFF/ON
> switch. I want to be
> able to turn down that heat. No complex solid state
> whatever heating controls,
> just whatever I need to turn down the heat a little.
> Mike Nixon replies to Harley that "Snag is, variacs have
> difficult to get hold
> of these
> days" - and follows with the statement that light dimmer type
> temp. control is
> the alternative, but no good for our 'high currents".
> Instead the "burst fire
> control......." is what should work here. But.. Mike writes
> "devices that use
> this in the power range we're interested in have been
> difficult to find and are
> fairly expensive".
> So... please, what do we do? I am sorry if I belabor this.
> And please don't
> criticize me for using the wrong words or terminology. Blame
> it on denseness.
> I am the first to admit that electrical engineering is not my
> field - so I must
> rely on you experienced folks. I am of that group of
> devotees who say - tell me
> what to buy. Lengthy technical explanations, without
> practical advice, is not
> what I am looking for.
> John V
> Mike Nixon wrote:
> > Harley wrote:
> > Subject: Re: [new_distillers] Re: [Distillers] Phase angle
> power regulation
> > Mike, sorry to keep asking this, but I have been following
> these post and
> > maybe I am missing something!!
> > Okay as I understand all of this, everyone is looking for a
> way to control
> > thier heating elements. I am I right on that?
> > If I understand that, then would not a variac be the
> answer? Does this not
> > do exactly what they are trying to accomplish?
> > =================================
> > Hi Harley,
> > No, you're not missing anything! A variac is a perfect way
> to control power
> > to the heater element, and I personally wish I had one. It
> may be old
> > fashioned, but it is still the cleanest, smoothest way of
> controlling power
> > to a resistive load. Snag is, variacs have difficult to
> get hold of these
> > days.
> > The main thrust of all the chat about triac control is what
> system works
> > best? The most common system is that used in light
> dimmers, and uses phase
> > control. This is fine for low power circuits, but when
> high currents are
> > involved then they can be very 'noisy' indeed, radiating
> high power radio
> > waves over a broad spectrum. They therefore need expensive
> > devices to be attached to them. Burst fire control coupled
> with zero
> > crossing triggering gets around that, but devices that use
> this in the power
> > range we're interested in have been difficult to find and are fairly
> > expensive. Their advantage over variacs is that they are
> generally more
> > compact, and can also be easily tied into other electronic
> control systems.
> > Does this get you up to speed?
> > Mike Nixon
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- Hi Tony, I'm sorry to say that I have reffled some very big birds feathers
on this one. It was a pleasure and I have gained a lot
from having been on your mailing list.
I will now bow out gracefully and get off the list.let the super hero's let
everybody know how EVERYTHING is done.[in their part of the woods]
Kind regards to you. al
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