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CharcoalRoaster
I've just about completed my larger FB roaster build and need to address the issue of getting sufficient power to run it. I've got a 13amp 120v vac motor for my blower and a 240v 4500w heating element. Problem is I don't have any breakers/receptacle in my garage that can handle those loads. So, here is where I need some input as I see two options to address this:

(1) Install new breakers/receptacles in my garage
(2) Utilize this GFCI Spa Panel that I was going to use in a homebrew e-rig that I dismantled. It's got one 50a 240v and one 20a 120v breaker already installed and wired up connected to a 30' whip that can reach my dryer receptacle.

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Pros: no need to wire anything new. I already have everything I need.
Cons: I have to run the whip all the way to my dryer receptacle any time I want to roast.

Thoughts? Concerns? Questions? Thanks!
Edited by CharcoalRoaster on 03/25/2019 1:08 PM
 
CharcoalRoaster
Bump - any insight would be greatly appreciated!
 
JitterzZ
If it were my build, it would come down to safety, my personal preference, and my situation. For example: Would I need to use my roaster everyday or just once a Week, etc.? For a large FB roaster it would be better for me if everything were hardwired. On the other hand, I get much more satisfaction anytime I can DIY as much as possible. If you can afford hardwired then I would personally go that route, as dealing with the kind of juice that you're talking about (240) is not something that I would care to play with every time that I want to roast some coffee. A single thread on your build would also be much more helpful in understanding what might be helpful to you.bbq
 
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