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Old 11-16-2012, 03:46 PM   #21
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Search for voltage resistance SSR on ebay or amazon.
It is a phase angle control that uses a potentiometer to control the power delivered to the load. Buy one rated for 25amps or 40amps. A PWM control can be used with a regular ON/OFF SSR with similar results.
So the one I linked to would work with an SSR?
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:16 PM   #22
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Old 11-23-2012, 06:50 AM   #23
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No it will not work. It's a dc motor controller. Go with a Kyotto phase angle controller, the 3800w phase angle controller in OP or a slow PWM circuit connected to an SSR.

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Old 11-25-2012, 09:04 PM   #24
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you could probably get a 3500 watt element and just plug it in to 220v and let it go for a rolling boil, i have a 5500 w element with a ssr and a controler and it cycles on and off due to the element being over sized.

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/6500W-thyris...item257272e15e

Here is a 6500w one, its from china so no guarantees tho.

Or here is a 10,000w one
http://www.ebay.com/itm/10000W-220V-...item1e753a76ef
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you could probably get a 3500 watt element and just plug it in to 220v and let it go for a rolling boil, i have a 5500 w element with a ssr and a controler and it cycles on and off due to the element being over sized.
I like this simple approach, I use 4000w for 8 gallon batches w/out a controller and it works fine...just guessing but 3500w for 5 gallon batches, and 4500 for 10 gallon batches would likely work pretty well IME. Dual 1500w 120v, or dual 2000w 120v elements, giving 3000-4000w is also a simple option on two seperate 120v GFCI circuits FWIW.
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Dual 1500w 120v, or dual 2000w 120v elements, giving 3000-4000w is also a simple option on two seperate 120v GFCI circuits FWIW.
I started my planning and thought I was set on dual 2k elements, but I changed my mind to go a bit simpler. I decided to use dual 1500w 120v elements so that I can use a PC cord to power up the control box, and use simple switches. When you said seperate, were you refering to the top and bottom outlet or 1 outlet and another somewhere else?
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Two separate circuits are needed, one for each element. Also check wire sizing gauge. Minimum is 12 or 14 depending on wattage.

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Two separate circuits from your main panel. The top and bottom outlet is same circuit and would trip the breaker.

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I have one of these dimmers from ebay: "9500W thyristor Voltage Regulators dimming speed thermostat control"

http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/150847167748

But I have not connected it to my heater element yet. Are they meant to vary the voltage? Mine reads 244V no matter the position of the knob.

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