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wobdee 12-03-2012 07:34 PM

Will I Trip A Breaker?
 
I'm buying an 1800w Burton Induction plate for my 2.5gl batch brewery. It will be in my basement and looking at my breaker it's only 15 amp and runs all the lights, computer, water heater exhaust and tv. This little 1800w thing is going to trip that breaker, isn't it? Any suggestions?

Hammy71 12-03-2012 08:44 PM

Well, 1800w @ 120volt = 15 Amps, so yeah....at full power it's gonna blow the breaker. You'll need to find another circuit to feed the plate. Sounds like you need a dedicated 20Amp circuit for that baby.

lschiavo 12-03-2012 09:18 PM

I could be really easy to add a receptacle if your breaker panel is in the basement and you have a spare breaker or space to add one.

wobdee 12-03-2012 09:33 PM

That's what I thought, panel is in the basement 30' away and it has room for a couple more breakers so I guess I have another project.

lschiavo 12-03-2012 09:39 PM

That's the attitude! Once you start brewing projects, you should NEVER be done....

wobdee 12-03-2012 11:56 PM

I also have a 20a circuit that has my microwave only on it. I could tap into it and just not use the microwave when brewing.

501irishred 12-04-2012 12:04 AM

Hope you live alone? Know at my house, a @#%! bag of popcorn would certainly take precedence over whatever ol' hubby/dad is doing in the basement.......

mgortel 12-04-2012 12:07 AM

Just make sure you unplug microwave before using Induction Plate :o

Maybe leave a note not to use.....

501irishred 12-04-2012 12:08 AM

You could run a dedicated circuit for less than $50......Ya only live once! :D

wobdee 12-05-2012 12:16 AM

I ran the wire today and have an electrician coming out tomorrow to hook up the breaker. Might as well get it done right and safe.


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