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Old 07-16-2011, 02:30 PM   #11
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Well, I'm going to go ahead and wire up the two elements like the single phase diagram and see what happens. Since there are three lugs on each element, I am not sure what each one is for, but at the worst I will blow the elements and trip the breaker. I think I will do one element at a time, so if I do wreck one, I have the other one for my second failure...



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Old 07-18-2011, 01:03 AM   #12
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Okay, here are the pictures of my actual wiring, I have a 70 amp contactor in there already it appears. Do you think it is set up for single phase already? I don't know if you can tell from the pictures or not. Each of the 3 sets of 2 wires out of the bottom of the contactor are labelled T1, T2 and T3 for some reason. I can email the larger pictures if anyone needs a closer look.
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Given you have 3 elements and a 70 amp contactor I would say you the wiring diagrams you have are not for this unit, so I personally would not use them as the basis for my wiring. Although it might simply be an extension to that design (1 additional set of 3-phase contact poles and another element)
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Well, I'm going to go ahead and wire up the two elements like the single phase diagram and see what happens. Since there are three lugs on each element, I am not sure what each one is for, but at the worst I will blow the elements and trip the breaker. I think I will do one element at a time, so if I do wreck one, I have the other one for my second failure...
You say there are 3 wires going into each element, that leads me to think that it is set up for 3 phase by looking at the wiring diagrams.

I am very worried about you doing this, the worst thing is not the element blowing, the worst this is you dieing and that is a real possibility if you do not fully understand what you are doing and why you are doing it.
If you want to get this running I seriously suggest you talk to an electrician.


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Old 07-18-2011, 07:58 PM   #13
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Well I ran wire to the steam kettle Saturday, then got pulled in other directions so I don't have it wired up just yet. I am waiting for a different wiring diagram with one contactor from Rollinred, then I will give it a go. Feeding it 100 amps.

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Well I ran wire to the steam kettle Saturday, then got pulled in other directions so I don't have it wired up just yet. I am waiting for a different wiring diagram with one contactor from Rollinred, then I will give it a go. Feeding it 100 amps.
I am guessing that what you are refering to as "one contactor" (the green box?) is what is shown in the diagram. Again I'm guessing this is a single box with 2 sets (or 3 in your case) of 3-phase contacts.

Can you confirm how you have (or are going to) wire it up, maybe mark up on the diagram where you have disconnected and run wires to/from and what/where you are feeding you power into.
The link you posted doesn't show the power being changed (still 3 wires into the contactor)

One further question is where did you get the 24 kW rating from?
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:37 PM   #15
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Hi Matt,
The contactor is a 70 amp, and the rating on the plate in front is 24kw. There are two elements at 12k each at 3 phase. I haven't done any wiring internally to the kettle yet as I am still waiting for the single contactor wiring diagram.
It appears the elements are wired in parallel, with one phase going to each of the input lugs on the element. Once I get a wiring diagram for the single phase, single contactor, I will take another look at it.
I am figuring that there will be two wires to each element, but I am not sure right now to which of the three lugs on the element they should be connected, or if it even matters. Maybe I should remove one of the elements and have a look see. On edit: in my manual they have a different part number for the 240v heating elements, I hope I don't have to purchase one of them as they are 300 dollars. All other resistive heaters don't have much of an issue running a little higher voltage, but this one may.

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First off, if you havent figured it out already, it was originally wired 3 phase. To make it easier to understand, think of each three phase element as 3 individual standard elements (6 terminals on each element = 3 pairs of normal wires to each "3ph element".

You need to figure out how much power you are going to be able to supply (amperage) and work from there.

The wiring diagram makes sense, it's basically taking three groups of two elements and running them in parallel with eachother. These circuits then run in parallel with the 240v 1ph power (= LOTS of amps!!!!) If you think you can follow that 1ph diagram to wire it up, it'll work ok. If it draws too much power for your circuitry, then disconnect one of the element sets.

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Old 08-21-2012, 10:18 PM   #17
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Thanks for checking this thread out swede!
I only have 125 amp service to my barn where the kettle will be wired up, so I plan on just using 2 elements for now. When I purchased the kettle I was assured it was set for single phase, but I am finding that isn't true. I will probably have an electrician out to look it over after harvest this fall.

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Looks pretty simple to me. take a close look at the wiring diagrams, look at how the 3ph elements have little jumpers between the posts on the heaters. Then see how they are different in the single phase plans.
Then as far as the contactors go, yours is basically a reflection of the 3phase diagram, but instead of running several separate contactors they just ran one contactor with three wires in parralell. To switch to single phase remove all the wires from the element you're planning on deleting and from one of the poles of the contactor (delete the one on the far right. Line one and two feed the controls) Then just follow the wiring diagram for single phase. you will end up havi 4 wires coming out of the each of the two poles on the contactor instead of three. From there just remove the jumpers on the elements and rewire it as per the diagram. This could easily be a 30 minute job. And you're ready to cook. pm me if you want to try doing this and need more guidance.

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