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Old 12-30-2012, 01:42 AM   #1
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Default 120V, 20 amps, 2000w?

I confirmed that I have 20 amp outlets where I plan on brewing. This means I can use 2000w elements right? I already built one 1500w stick, but I'd like to use a 2000w for the second one. My plan is a very simple 2 heat stick system with everything else being set up the same as I used to brew with propane.


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Old 12-30-2012, 08:26 AM   #2
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Yes you can use 2000w elements but they have to be on separate circuits.


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Old 12-30-2012, 08:35 AM   #3
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And with consideration for anything else that might be sharing those circuits.
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Thanks. They will definitely be on seperate GFCI outlets and nothing else will be plugged in whenever they are in use.
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Perhaps just semantics, but do you mean separate outlets = separate circuits/breakers for each outlet?
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No I'd didn't know that, I'll have to check again. I know which outlets i planned on using, but I think they may be the same breaker. Damn, guess ill check when I get home.
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Just be sure you don't exceed 75% of your circuit capacity or you will start to stress the circuit breaker. They're thermomagnatic and the closer to the limit they are pushed, the shorter there life cycle will become.
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Thanks for the tips. I'll be brewing on my ground floor and I believe the ground floor circuits are only for a few lights and outlets. The outlets are all empty except for one air freshener which will be unplugged when brewing. The washer and dryer are on seperate circuits. I'm going to do another check when I get home to make sure. I'm hoping the outlets I planne to use are on seperate breakers. I do know that two breakers control my ground floor.
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. . . The washer and dryer are on seperate circuits. . .
Is the 240V dryer in the same location or close to where you want to brew?
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Close, and I know what you're thinking. I thought about using it but the plug is behind the dryer and the way they are positioned, I'd have to pull it out to use the plug. It would be too much of a pain.


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