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Old 09-01-2013, 11:50 PM   #1
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Default I want my power to plug into my kettle, not the other way around...

Seems like the builds I've seen so far have X feet of chord coming out of their kettle then plugging into their control box.

I would like the disconnect to be at the kettle so I can clean the kettle out in my sink, versus cleaning in place. Sure I could still clean a kettle with x feet of chord hanging from it but this way would be less clumsy.

In this approach, I would have the power cord hard wired to the panel > then ~10' of chord > then a female plug (since hot can't be male's) > that connects to a 4" chord with male plug on the box attached to the kettle.

Am I missing some reason why more people don't do this. Maybe Kal will chime in


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Old 09-02-2013, 02:05 AM   #2
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Very possible. Need a 'breakout' box of some sort to hold this connector.


4" (double device) weatheritite box would be best, but you might squeeze it into a single box.

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hmmm...wonder what the depth is of that plug.
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We routinely install them in these boxes:



That's the double (4") box. We will occasionally squeeze them into a single box. Nothing high voltage or amperage though. You will find readily available covers for the '4-square' box.

The inlet connector might be 1-1/2" deep. Some have wiring from the side.

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You could just use male receptacle plug with a little pigtail , you don't have to have the mounted receptacle.
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I built mine worth the cord coming out of the pot like most. its not that bad having the cord on there when I wash it and I usually can wrap it around the pot and tuck it in the handle to hold it out of the way. The reason I (and most others) build them that way is to have an airtight seal for the electrical connection. Once you put the plug at the pot end there its a chance for a short in the event of a boil over.
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search for switchcraft connections here in the Elec Forum
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I've designed mine with a pigtail.

I originally was going to use a Switchcraft connection, but the fins on the female side are just too small for my comfort level.
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I like the smaller in price and size of the switchcraft and powercons, but looks lile they can be a bear to wire with 10 gaige wire. So, yeah.

Do you have any pics by chance?
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I sure do.

Here's a yellow terminal thingy for size comparison. I've seen older builds that used the Switchcraft that the yellow terminal thingy fit snugly on the fins. Personally, my soldering skills have degraded to the point that there is no way I could solder 10g wire to those little things.


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