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Old 05-01-2013, 06:27 PM   #1
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Would it be possible to use something like this

http://www.auberins.com/index.php?ma...products_id=44

to power your hot water tank heater element?

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Old 05-02-2013, 02:33 PM   #2
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Probably not, it depends on the element.

Max current. 15A at 120V, 10A at 240V

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Old 05-24-2013, 01:36 AM   #3
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So if it was a 120V 1500 WATT element, it would pull 12.5 AMPS correct? So this little box could handle that if I direct wired a plug to a heater element? Would 1500 WATTS be enough?

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Old 05-24-2013, 02:32 AM   #4
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Correct and it will work, it's been done before as long as you don't exceed the max amps

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I suppose it is just cheaper to do it the way everyone else does and you can control the look of your enclosure. I was just trying to bypass the labor of it all and just have it work.

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So if it was a 120V 1500 WATT element, it would pull 12.5 AMPS correct? So this little box could handle that if I direct wired a plug to a heater element? Would 1500 WATTS be enough?
My RIMS tube uses a 4600 watt 240 volt element running at 120 volts, so the operational wattage is around 1,100. This is enough wattage to hold a temp easily but with a 10 gallon batch it take about 10 minutes to raise the temp by 2 degrees. I either direct fire the mash tun or do an infusion step to hit a higher temp. If you are doing a single step mash without a mash out, you won't have to worry.
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