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GoNova 02-09-2012 02:16 PM

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I am ready to pull the trigger on this as well. My only problem is that it does not seem like the Avantco plug shown here:

http://www.webstaurantstore.com/imag...c3500_pic5_xlg

fits a standard dryer outlet like this:


JustLooking 02-09-2012 02:32 PM

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That's a 30amp plug, not the 20amp that comes on the Avantco IC3500. You could make up a short adapter cord with a male plug like the one you pictured to fit your outlet and a female 6-20 connector (below) to plug the induction plate into.


ercousin 11-12-2013 04:02 PM

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If you are going to be building a cable to plug the 6-20 into your 14-30 dryer outlet, I would be sure to build a 20A breaker into the cable too. That way it's safe. Otherwise you could fry your cable/cooktop if an overcurrent occurs.

Also be sure to check if the Megapot is induction ready. The bayou classic's work really well and have a good aspect ratio compared to the wider pots. I've been brewing twice a month for almost 10 months on my setup. I insulated the pot with reflectix and do BIAB.


tbelczak 11-27-2013 08:08 PM

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Hey guys, has anyone who owns the IC3500 been concerned with the weight capacity of this burner? I'm hoping to get one for Christmas and am looking at a 10 gal megapot 1.2 as well. Doing BIAB with 8 gal of strike water plus grains and kettle would run upwards of 100 lbs on this burner.

Anyone see any issues with this?
I would not be concerned - the cooktop may not weight much, but it's solid and very durable. I have a heavy 10 gallon stainless brew pot and start my boil with 7.5 to 8 gallons in it. It could easily take another 15 pounds of grain. Tell you what - I'm brewing this weekend and I'll throw my pot on there with 100 pounds of barbell weights just to make sure.

Edit: just added photo of my 12.2 pound brew pot with 115 pounds of weights in it - total of 127 pounds. I'd be comfortable pushing even 200 pounds with it.

carlk47 12-31-2013 03:24 PM

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Wired this up on Sunday.. Just waiting for my kettle to arrive!

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carlk47 01-02-2014 03:07 PM

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I went the spa panel route to be safe.. I plug the spa panel into the dryer outlet in the basement.

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carlk47 01-02-2014 03:07 PM

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I went the spa panel route to be safe.. I plug the spa panel into the dryer outlet in the basement.

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tbelczak 01-13-2014 02:16 AM

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I have been active on this thread promoting this induction cooktop, posting photos and videos and answering questions when I can. Though I still love the performance of the unit, I did experience a problem that prevents me from giving it my highest recommendation. I feel I have to share it since my opinion has changed slightly.

I've owned the cooktop just under a year and have made 20 5-gallon batches of beer with it. During my last batch, the unit suddenly shut off just as I reached boiling. I suspected a blown fuse.

The warranty is only 6-months, but I figured since I am not a daily commercial user, they may take this into consideration and provide a replacement or refer me to a local service company and pick up the repair cost. I wrote to the manufacturer (Avantco) and carbon copied WEBstraunt Store, form whom I purchased the product. Avantco could not do anything - they manufacture exclusively for WEBstraunt Store and the warranty is handled through WEBstraunt Store. Bummer.

Though both companies were quick to respond and offered some basic tips, they would not budge on the warranty period. Figuring I was stuck with a dead unit, I ignored the warning not to open the cover (no user-serviceable parts inside) to check things out and see if there is a fuse I could replace myself. There is a 15A 250V fuse soldered to the circuit board with short leads (as shown in photo). Once I tested this with my multimeter and figured it was blown, I peeled the protective coating off to verify.

Hoping the fuse was the only issue and not wanting to go through tedious future replacements, I clipped the fuse leaving the leads as long as possible and soldered some 14 AWG stranded wire onto them - then to a 30A 250V fuse holder. I bought a pack of 15A 250V fuses to have on hand in case this happens again. I will give the maximum setting of 3500W another shot, but 3500W / 240V = 14.58A - very close to the 15A fuse limit. If it blows again, I will just run the cooktop at the 3100W setting in the future. It will still boil, but will take just a bit longer. I did suggest to them that they manufacturer this with a user-replaceable fuse.

So take this for what it's worth. I do like the performance and going induction was the best upgrade I've made to my home brewery. I'm glad the problem was not more serious and I had some very basic electronics experience (and professionals to brain-pick) to fix this myself. The short lifespan and unwillingness to budge on the warranty did sour my impression of the manufacturer and retailer, but I'm glad I'm at least not left with a brick.

Hope this helps, but I suspect if you're like me, it will make the purchase decision even harder. I tend to ignore isolated bad reviews and chance it! All the reviews I could find on this are at WEBstrauntstore.com (basically the private label owner/exclusive distributor), who may just remove the negative ones. I know I have not read anything bad about this unit in my previous research.


tbelczak 01-13-2014 11:10 PM

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Thanks tbelczak! This is unfortunate. I have being saving up for this and other items to get my basement electric setup done. I unfortunately have already spent out the money for the electrical and specifically for this induction cooktop . I guess I will still end up going with this and just be careful on the power setting/usage. I think in my electrical(very limited) research, the 240v can vary on your location +/- a few volts. Is it possible your house may have a lower voltage coming in (or did for that short period of time) causing it to blow? I guess any voltage below 233.33 would put you over 15 amps at the 3500watt setting.

Since you did open it up...did you potentially see anyway to provide an external control for the power? Something that could be useful for temp controlling?
I don't know enough about electronics to answer your question about controlling external power, but I've included a photo of the insides that may tell you something. Seems like everything associated with the external power is a screw terminal and easily accessible.

carlk47 01-16-2014 12:59 AM

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