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Old 10-01-2009, 03:45 AM   #1
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For all of the people who are using electric water heater elements on their kettles, what is the length of the cable you used? I was originally thinking 6 feet, however I think that this maybe too short. I am mounting the heating elements directly to the kegs and do not want to make them too short.

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Old 10-01-2009, 03:49 AM   #2
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You need a cable long enough to reach the power supply. Since each rig is placed differently in relation to the power source, there is no single answer to your question.

The longer the cable, the thicker the wire needs to be. This link has some good, basic information: http://home.mchsi.com/~gweidner/extension-cords.pdf

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Old 10-01-2009, 03:50 AM   #3
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For all of the people who are using electric water heater elements on their kettles, what is the length of the cable you used? I was originally thinking 6 feet, however I think that this maybe too short. I am mounting the heating elements directly to the kegs and do not want to make them too short.

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Depends on your brew rig. On mine, 6' was plenty to reach my control panel... where is your control panel?
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Old 10-01-2009, 06:54 PM   #4
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I just have short 12" pigtails coming off each one of my elements. It makes it easy to deal with when I take it off the brewstand for cleaning etc. Then whatever appropriately sized extension cords work. Just one more method, not necessarily the best.

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Old 10-01-2009, 07:30 PM   #5
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Are these pigtails waterproof?

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Old 10-01-2009, 07:36 PM   #6
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When starting from scratch make them longer than you need to allow moving the brewery without the cord becoming a jump rope. Not long like a 100' run as VD will become a problem and wire gage increase must be added to this length. VD as in voltage drop not the drip drip burn burn type.
I have 3 lengths 250' each of #2 three conductor with a #4 ground on down to #12/3 all SOOW cord off a temp power job as free. State CalTrans highway job removed on night shift with many 3,942' runs out of two tunnels to the scrap yard.
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Old 10-01-2009, 07:40 PM   #7
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6' cords on mine, plenty of room to get to my control panel.

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Old 10-01-2009, 10:44 PM   #8
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my controller will only be near my kegs so I am thinking that 6 ft will be enough at first but when I finally attached the cord to the element it just seemed so short that I was a little concerned. I will make the other one 8 feet just to make sure that it will fit. I just wanted to see what length people had used.

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my controller will only be near my kegs so I am thinking that 6 ft will be enough at first but when I finally attached the cord to the element it just seemed so short that I was a little concerned. I will make the other one 8 feet just to make sure that it will fit. I just wanted to see what length people had used.
Got a tape measure?
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Old 10-02-2009, 12:55 AM   #10
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Pol, you make a good point. I was just seeing if people had any suggestions before I went through the trouble of making the cables.

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