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Old 08-03-2011, 01:32 AM   #1
Utmustang
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I have been looking at panel enclosures on eBay recently. What size panel are most people using? I know Kal recommends a minimum of a 16x16x8 box. There is a pretty good deal on eBay fora 12x12x6 box. Will it be too cramped?

 
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Old 08-03-2011, 01:44 AM   #2
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Are you doing the same sort of system (i.e. number of components, PIDs, switches, etc.)?

I used a much smaller case, but only have a timer and one PID. My case is kinda awkwardly shaped, but its around 11x6.5. It's still in process, but will be cozy (but not cramped). I managed to cram the SSR + heatsink, 2 traditional 15A 3 prong outlets, 1 30A 3 prong outlet, 2 high power relays, some terminal blocks, XLR connection and the toggle switches. I made a conscious decision to cut out some components to make it a smaller setup.

That siad, I know when I got the case I thought, "Wow, how did I expect to fit all this in here" even after planning/diagramming it all out.

Someone w/ more experience would need to speak on specifics for the whole Kal setup

 
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Old 08-03-2011, 02:00 AM   #3
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I am going to use 3 pids from Auber like Kal's setup. There will be 3 contactors in the box. I do not intend to have the amp and volt meters that Kal has on his panel.

 
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Old 08-03-2011, 05:38 AM   #4
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I have the 12x12x6 case and find that its very cramped... It all fits, but with more space it would be easier. The contactors and the pids will likely need to be offset from each other because of the depth (or lack thereof) of the case.
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Old 08-03-2011, 02:27 PM   #5
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I have a 16x14 hoffman, and pretty happy... went looking for another today, went out on eBay and found a 16x16 Hoffman for $25 +$30S&H that was used, but had din rail, contactors, 3 240V twistlock outlets 30A cable, and more stuff... a electric brewer's dream for $55... http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=370358892103 a few small holes in the front, but the beer will taste better knowing I spent less..

 
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Old 08-03-2011, 04:25 PM   #6
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I'll be using two of these.

http://store.solutionsdirectonline.c...rce=googlebase

One for the high voltage stuff, another for all my 12v stuff and switches (brewtroller)

 
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Old 08-03-2011, 04:46 PM   #7
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My general rule on enclosure purchases is to lay out what you want in there, guess what size enclosure you think you can fit it in, then double it.

I think mine is about 14x10x5. two PIDs, one SSR, a bunch of switches and lights. Definitely more crowded than I want it. It was free though, so I made due.

 
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Old 08-03-2011, 07:45 PM   #8
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I'll be using two of these.

http://store.solutionsdirectonline.c...rce=googlebase

One for the high voltage stuff, another for all my 12v stuff and switches (brewtroller)
great price, nice enclosure 7" deep lets you have switches or PID's in the door in front of SSR's and still be able to shut the door... I would suggest an inside panel to mount stuff on, the cad drawing looks like it is set up for one and it says it is an option

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Old 08-03-2011, 10:45 PM   #9
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It's not the size that matters, it's how you use it.
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Old 08-03-2011, 11:10 PM   #10
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How about opinions on metals versus plastic? Plastic would be easier to drill and cut.

 
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