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Old 08-29-2012, 04:17 PM   #1
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Wiring A Heating Element


Is it possible to wire a heating element to a plug so I can control it with a switched outlet?

I am trying to boil water with a heating element.

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Old 08-29-2012, 04:47 PM   #2
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Re: Wiring A Heating Element


Like a water-heater element?

And you're going to stick it into pan, with a cord run to an outlet.



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Old 08-29-2012, 05:02 PM   #3
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Re: Wiring A Heating Element


Kinda something like that... I am trying to mount the element inside a large aluminum pot with the cord on the outside of the pot
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That's 120 though... I need 220
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Or.... Am I wrong? I'm not an electrician... I need some type of seal also to go between the element and the plug
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Why don't you tell us exactly what you're trying to do? It's quite simple to wire up a switched circuit, but doing so in a safe and practical manner can be a different story.

Maybe you're trying to re-invent the wheel.
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I'm trying to put a heating element inside a large pot to boil water... I want to turn the heating element on and off by plugging it in and unplugging it (or an outlet that has a switch)
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You can't use an electric hotplate?
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Re: Wiring A Heating Element


Now that I look more closely ... I can just take two wires and put a plug on the end (in simple terms) correct?
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You can't submerge a hot plate ... If I'm correct
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You set your pot on top of the hotplate. Fill it with water. Turn the hotplate on and it will boil the water.
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anything is possible- I have seen some that were made for just the application your talking about.....an element with a cord to put in a cup...to heat the water
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I appreciate the hot plate idea buy I'm an pretty set on the element.. And where are you located in e adirondacks? I'm in Moriah
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How bout a stove????
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Most heating element's don't take kindly to being dunked in water.

First you'll need to know how many amps it will draw.
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Re: Wiring A Heating Element


what is the purpose of doing this? what's wrong with a hot water heater element? you really need it to be boiling hot?
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If you are using a 110v element, I don't see why not wire it to a cord and plug it in. You could cut up a small water heater tank leaving the thermostat and element in place, stick on a handle, add a cord and there is your pot.

Are you building a new appliance for the wife?

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I've done it with motor oil. Not water though.

Took water heater element, wired old saw cord onto it, dropped it into barrel of oil, plugged it into 110v wall outlet and unplugged it when the barrel was warm to the touch. It makes used motor oil flow through filters very nicely.

I use a different thinning agent now.
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Re: Wiring A Heating Element


Would finding a secondhand electric water heater accomplish what you want? My "thinking" is that you could cut off the top of the water heater and proceed from there.

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