Approx. how much power would this consume?


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Old 10-24-17, 06:18 PM
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Approx. how much power would this consume?

i bought this nichrome wire hot plate on the cheap and it came with no sticker, engraving or plaque to indicate the consumption. Is it possible to eyeball the amount of wire and give me a rough guestimate of the resistance. The plate is 6in diameter.

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Can you see the picture here that you posted or the proper picture when you click on the "link" you left ?

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Pj max, is it fixed now? I think I used a No-no host
 
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Most counter top heating appliances (toasters, griddles, coffee pots) will use 1200 - 1500 watts.
 
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No sir..... no picture yet.
 
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How about this: ,,,,,,,,,,,,

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Perfect. I imported it from your link and reposted it.

If I had to hazard a guess I'd place that around 1000w.
 
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Honestly, you simply cannot tell by looking. It could be as low as 600 watts. A cold resistance test would help to make an educated guess. We would also have to know the rated voltage, as I recall you have 220-230 volts in your area.
 
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Note that when the spagetti boiling water bubbles out, you will have some hazardous voltage all over the stainless pot!

I haven't seen bare nichrome below a pot in ages.
 
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Old 10-25-17, 08:59 AM
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Plus the power in Argentina is 220v which increases the tingle.
 
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I'm using it with a cast iron pan to smoke wood chips at a lower temp than I can get with coal, so no pasta water!

I'm actually thinking what ever the resistance is it's too much because I'm going through chips more quickly than I was expecting.
 
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A high resistance would equate to low heat output. If you are burning up your wood chips too fast then it is more likely a lower resistance.
 
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Well I'm done with my first smoking, chipotles!

For future occasions could I use a dimmer (I'd use a 2500w one to be safe with regards to wattage) to regulate the heat? I don't know if that works with these kind of heaters but it seems like it should.
 
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A hot plate is a purely resistive device, just like an incandescent light bulb. A standard dimmer should work fine as long as it is capable of handing the wattage of the heating element.
 
 

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