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electrician needed

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by smokinmad, Oct 13, 2013.

  1. Need your help......I have a fan on a old donut proofer, it is 120 volt, 15 watt. Is there a way to put a controller on it to slow it down?  The problem is....it continually blows air across a coiled wire electric heater.. the heater is heating... but, if I turn the fan off, the wire will turn orange and heats hotter. Is the fan supposed to keep the wire from turning orange by cooling it?   Can I slow the fan down to get more heat?

        Thank You for your help.

    Ron       [​IMG]
  2. sigmo

    sigmo Smoking Fanatic ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    This sounds like a typical electric heater with a heating element and a fan that circulates air over the heating element to get that heat out into the area to be heated.

    If the fan recirculates air within an enclosed space, then slowing the fan down won't increase the temperature within that enclosed space, it'll just make the temperature less uniform.

    On the other hand, if the fan is drawing in cool air from outside the proofer, blowing it over the heating coils, and then into the proofer, you may be able to adjust the temperature in the proofer by controlling the fan speed.

    But you should be very careful with this.  Electric heating elements in a heater of this sort are, indeed, cooled by the air being blown over them.  If you reduce or stop the airflow, the elements heat up to a higher temperature, and that can destroy the elements or cause a fire.  The heaters are designed to have this constant airflow to operate safely.

    Is or was this system controlled by a thermostat of some sort?

    Did it used to work, but has now stopped working?

    You can simply block some of the airflow through the fan with something, but again, this, or slowing the fan could be dangerous and may not do you any good depending on how the system is set up.

    I'd want to know more about this system before giving any advice about what to do to increase or control the proofer temperature.
  3. Sigmo...Howdy....Thanks, that tells me to finish the smoker first, then turn the heater on. It is a heater in an old donut proofer and It does work. This is the heater for the proofer......The element is 2200 watts should do the job, since everyone else is getting 1500 watt. The right dial controls the heater and the left one, the humidity.

    this was with the fan off, I take it that will burn it up now.....Thanks for That

    Its clean now and rewired and that red light made me [​IMG]

  4. That heating element resembles ones found in electric dryers and I have repaired many of them.  Reason the burn out, overload shutoff sensor goes bad, so overheating it will burn it out.  That is why they have the fan blowing over it, that fan maintains a heat level where it will not burn out the element.  I think the space in that cavity is too big to install a proper overheat sensor.  That is not a heater you would want use a smoker, in my opinion.