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Old 08-18-2011, 05:12 AM   #1
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What do you guys think the boil time would be using a 120v/3000w heating element for 5 gal batches? 10 gal? Thanks for the help!

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Old 08-18-2011, 07:22 AM   #2
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Max element size on 120 is gonna be 2000w.

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Old 08-18-2011, 02:32 PM   #3
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check this out. is this wrong?

http://www.comfortgurus.com/product_...oducts_id/7096

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They may make higher wattage 120V elements, but you will need a 30amp GFCI outlet. Most GFCI outlets are only 20 amp which maxes us out at 2000 watts.

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Old 08-18-2011, 05:58 PM   #5
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What do you guys think the boil time would be using a 120v/3000w heating element for 5 gal batches? 10 gal? Thanks for the help!
Back to your original question.


5 gallon batch - assuming you start with 6 gallons in the kettle and wort temp is 165*F - will need just under 15-20 minutes to come to a boil

10 gallon batch - assuming you start with 11 gallons in the kettle and wort temp is 165*F - will need just around 30 minutes to come to a boil
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The picture indicated shows 240V/4500w, so I would say it's wrong:

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They are using/re-using a small set of images for multiple elements. Even their 120V/200W element uses that 240V/4500W element.

I think they just have ONE picture of a copper element and just use it everywhere.

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So if I can get a 10 gallon batch to boil in 30 min with a 120/3000 why do most guys, when moving to electric, go with the 240/5500?

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So if I can get a 10 gallon batch to boil in 30 min with a 120/3000 why do most guys, when moving to electric, go with the 240/5500?
Because a 3000W/120V element will need a dedicated 30A circuit to operate. Most houses have only 10,15, or 20A circuits for their 120V wiring.

I have exactly zero 120V breakers over 20A in my house.

I would need an electrician to come in and do work on my house for me to be able to use that element.... and if I am going to pay an electrician for work, I am going to just have him install 240V and 30A or 50A, which let's me use a 5500W element.
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In other words... I would be utterly shocked if you have a place in your house where you could plug that element in.

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