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Offline BrianW

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2 heating elements
« on: February 12, 2017, 12:41:34 pm »
Can you put 2 of the 500w elements in series and they work properly?

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Re: 2 heating elements
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2017, 02:02:13 pm »
Yes!

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Offline BrianW

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Re: 2 heating elements
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2017, 02:28:33 pm »
Thank you..
Which would be better, series or parallel?

Offline rexster

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Re: 2 heating elements
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2017, 03:31:56 pm »
In series is what I did when I added the second 500 watter.
Get some high temp wire, some ring terminals and you're halfway there. Toughest part was cutting a notch on both sides of the ceramic insulators for wire clearance. If you have everything laid on when you start, it's about an hour job or less, depending on how fast you can cut those notches
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Offline BrianW

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Re: 2 heating elements
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2017, 05:01:28 pm »
You have any pics rexster?

Offline Orion

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Re: 2 heating elements
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2017, 05:52:24 pm »
Hi Brian, here's a link to a thread detailing a second 500 watt element installation. I recommend putting them in parallel, if one burns out the other will still work.

http://forum.bradleysmoker.com/index.php?topic=36796.0
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Re: 2 heating elements
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2017, 04:39:31 am »
Can you put 2 of the 500w elements in series and they work properly?

I wired mine in parallal.  I used 2 pieces of 3-4" high temp wire, some uninsulated ring terminals and just connected both elements together at each end.   I have a PID controller inside the SG to control the temp.  It is recommended that if you go higher than the 500W that the Bradley was designed and tested to handle you should use a PID controller.



There are "how-to" articles on adding a second element.  Below are several links to them. 

Additional Heating Element Modification

Additional Heating Element for OBS with On/Off Control

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Offline BrianW

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Re: 2 heating elements
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2017, 07:48:35 am »
Thanks guys, y'all are great for helping a newbie

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Re: 2 heating elements
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2017, 02:07:39 pm »
You have any pics rexster?

LOL
The insides are black, I don't think a camera would pick anything up
Stainless 4 rack Bradley
6 Rack DBS w/second heat element
Auber PID
7 Foot X 20" Pipe BBQ pit with offset firebox
Jenn-Air 75000 btu gas grill w/sear burner
Weber Performer charcoal grill
Portable Kitchen All Aluminum Charcoal Grill
2 MES 40" smokers
PK360 Grill
Vacmaster 320 Vacuum Chamber Sealer