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Old 01-24-2013, 06:22 PM   #1
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All, thanks in advance for any thoughts you are willing to share. Planning a eBIAB build one 5500w element, 1 pump, emergency off switch, power on light, alarm buzzer along, power on key, element on switch and a pod 2352 most likely. What are your thoughts on H x W X D. Seems from what I have read I don't want to be any less deep than 6".

Again, thanks for the help

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Old 01-24-2013, 06:29 PM   #2
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Id look for something thats around 12" H x 8" W x 6" D.

but what you might want to do is draw up the envelope dimensions of each of your components in a CAD system and lay them out.

Or, if your more comfortable. Draw some full size templates of your components out on paper, and rearrange them how you'd like and it will be pretty evident what size box you will need

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Old 01-24-2013, 10:45 PM   #3
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Thanks. I have been playing around with the cad drawing, but as you know, real word can sometimes be different than the drawn out world...change orders!

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Be really careful with the depth. If you go with a 6-inch, there's not enough space for a contactor and the PID together. So when you lay it out internally, make sure they are offset so you can actually close the lid Otherwise go for an 8-inch deep enclosure which won't have this problem.

But when you're laying it out, also make sure your PIDs don't hit the power socket or the element socket by keeping them in the middle of the panel. The switches aren't usually a problem because they're only a couple inches deep.

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Be really careful with the depth. If you go with a 6-inch, there's not enough space for a contactor and the PID together. So when you lay it out internally, make sure they are offset so you can actually close the lid Otherwise go for an 8-inch deep enclosure which won't have this problem.

But when you're laying it out, also make sure your PIDs don't hit the power socket or the element socket by keeping them in the middle of the panel. The switches aren't usually a problem because they're only a couple inches deep.
Thanks...that is exactly some of the feedback I was looking for...very valuable
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Check out some of the controller builds that have used tool boxes for enclosures - they are wide and deep, albeit not very tall. Also portable and cheap.

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My enclosure is for 12x8x6. This is a good minimum size.

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Calculate how big you think the enclosure should be and then buy one about twice as big. Seriously, you got some good advice about the depth. If I had mine to do over, I would have two control panels. One for all the controls, PIDs and switches and the other for all the high amperage stuff, e.g., contactors, SSRs, outlets, fuses or breakers and distribution blocks.

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The bigger the better...I guess to a point. Mine is 12x12x6 with 2 elements and 2 pumps with 4 temp probes. Personal I'd like to add on to mine but it's as tight of a fit as I can get it right now. So Ill most likely be getting a larger panel soon.

Get you components and lay them out and measure what you will need for them to fit in comfortably, and think if you might want to expand your operations one day and how you might wan't to incorporate it in to your panel.

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Most people add stuff after their initial build. That is why I recommend getting a bigger panel. I added to mine, mostly to make it safer.

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