Started by Orion, November 01, 2015, 07:55:41 PM
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Quote from: wurzel on July 18, 2016, 08:47:18 AMOk, one more question and I promise to just get on with it and do it ;) If you're not adding the inline fuse and temp sensor is there any advantage to wiring it in parallel rather than hooking the new element up to the old one as TedEBear did? It seems to me that this route would mean the new element is protected by the existing in-line first, the same as the old one. I'd assume that's not a good as a dedicated fuse for each but better than nothing... I'm useless at electrics though so happy to be corrected. Looks a lot simpler to do too of course :DSent from my ONE A2003 using Tapatalk
Quote from: wurzel on July 25, 2016, 03:07:47 PMGood point orion, I hadn't thought about one element working if the other goes. Definitely worth the extra hassle to not lose a whole smoker full of meat if the worst does happen. Thanks for that. I couldn't figure out if it was OK to connect both wires into a single spade connector, that pic is blurry in both Mr. Walleye's and test rocket's instructions. After a while I found this though http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/maplin-spade-terminal-piggy-back-connecters-red-l26aySeems like it'll do the job nicely without making me check it every 10 minutes in case my dodgy wiring has burnt my garage down :DSent from my ONE A2003 using Tapatalk
Quote from: wurzel on July 25, 2016, 03:07:47 PMGood point orion, I hadn't thought about one element working if the other goes. Definitely worth the extra hassle to not lose a whole smoker full of meat if the worst does happen. Thanks for that.
Quote from: Orion on July 18, 2016, 04:46:30 PMHello wurzel,I'm no electrical wizard either. I wired my second 500 watt element completely independent of the original one because I had a surplus of appropriate high temp wire and I felt that the factory wiring used to power the original element might not be sufficient to carry the current for the additional element. For this reason I ran a wire from each end of the second element all the way back through rear panel and connected them directly to the power source where the original element wires get their power. If the wiring for the first element ever fails the second element will still work and vise versa.As far as the thermal fuse; if you wire the unit like I did, each element should have one as each element has power available in an overheat situation. However, if you simply jump the second element off the terminals on the first element an overheat situation should interrupt power to both elements in an over heat situation.Personally, I never leave my smoker unattended for more than an hour and even then I'm not far away. I know they are designed to be fully automatic and safe but I simply won't take the chance as people have had fires for various reasons including failures to load the smoker correctly or clean it properly.Wire it either way and simply keep a reasonable eye on it is my advise.
Quote from: ghosttown on February 18, 2018, 03:43:03 PMI wouldn't connect the second element to the controller, I don't think it can handle the load. Some added a switch so they can turn on the 2nd element then need to. I went with the 900 watt and a digital PID and never looked back.Sent from my SM-G935W8 using Tapatalk
Quote from: Salmonsmoker on February 19, 2018, 07:19:41 AMheli76, i have a tempco finned element. I don't have the model # readily available, but with a little research you can find the right one. The one I have is the right length to very closely "bolt up" to existing brackets and has a connector on each end. If you were going to re-wire, there's one that has both connections on one end, if you prefer.
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