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5500 watt element breaker size?
« on: February 19, 2018, 11:32:27 PM »
   I am planning an electric home brewery. I have a 240 v outlet planned, if I run a 5500 watt element and a pump can it all be on a 30 amp breaker?
         I don't think I could I run a 5500 watt and a 1600 watt element at the same time, can I?

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5500 watt element breaker size?
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2018, 11:43:03 PM »
Full power that is 23 amps. Pumps should be around an amp. Rest of the panel shouldn’t be much depending on what you do.

No, you wouldn’t be able to run both. The smaller burner is going to be 120, so just have it be powered by another circuit. With a 50a you could run both, but your two hot legs would be out of balance (1600w element is 120 and only on one hot leg). This is bad news as it could cause over heating.

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Re: 5500 watt element breaker size?
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2018, 11:47:52 PM »
  But the 240 v, 30 amp breaker could run the 5500 watt element along with the control box with a PID in it and pump cant it?
 
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Re: 5500 watt element breaker size?
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2018, 11:51:58 PM »
  But the 240 v, 30 amp breaker could run the 5500 watt element along with the control box with a PID in it and pump cant it?
Yes, even at full power. The electronics are minimal. Shouldn’t be over 25 amps with a single pump.

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Re: 5500 watt element breaker size?
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2018, 11:54:06 PM »
thank you, your a great help... love this foram