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i made an oven to use in a gun coating that works a lot like

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i made an oven to use in a gun coating that works a lot like powdercoat. the oven has a 1500 watt heating element on top and another on bottom. i thought that i could control the temperature by simply raising or lowering the current to the outlets the elements are plugged into. At first i used 1 600 watt dimmer switch for both elements. It burned out in about an hour and a half. I know that if i have each element on its own outlet then it will be better but im not sure what dimmer to get.
Hello,My name is XXXXX XXXXX be helping you today. unfortunately you can control a heating element in that manner . dropping the power or amperage is not how an oven actually works, An oven will come up to temp and the thermostat kills the power until the oven drops back down then send power back to the element to heat the oven back up but its always full power just on and off to control. you could use a standard oven thermostat if you want though. depending on how hot the oven needs to be, what temp range do you need for this?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

i need a temperature range of 150 to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. so youre saying that i cannot just change the heat output of the heating elements?

yes exactly. what you need is something like this to split one side of the power, it has a thermal couple attached and would regulate the temp automatically.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

how much do these cost each and would i need one for each element?

it runs around $107.00 but you only need one. just spit one side of the power going in and feed that bulb part into the oven near the ceiling and that's it. you can get a knob and mark it where you need to set it. just find the spot where it around the temp you need and make a mark. heres a link to order it if you wish. http://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Oven-Thermostat/9762852/1182088?RCAID=1000065

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

my oven is a dual walled oven. can i stick it into the inner chamber as that is the place where the temperature matters?

this is a dual oven so you want to use both ovens separately ? if that's the case you would need two.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

no it has an inner and outer wall with the elements in between and perforations through the inner wall to allow the heated air in. can i just put the rod into the inner space and let it sit there?

you can but its a lot hotter there than it will be in the oven itself. the temp would be different.

 

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