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Ken_Shea
10-25-2009, 10:34 PM
To continue on with the extensive waste of bandwidth tonight :D

I have a very nice all SS lab oven here that is used for lab work, like cooking pizza and cinnamon rolls :D
Would like to add a broiler, I'm thinking steak, plenty of space up top.
Question:
The oven operates on 110V, Does the typical broiler element run on 220V or 110V.

mechanicalmagic
10-25-2009, 10:57 PM
220V, on most US broilers.

It's most efficient, given the power options (120 OR 220) in the US.

Ken_Shea
10-25-2009, 11:08 PM
I suspected that for the very reason you started.

Thanks

dp
10-25-2009, 11:26 PM
Broilers that are intended for small meals such as steaks do not need to be large. A cannibalized counter top portable broiler running 110AC will work fine. I've often wondered why oven makers don't have adaptable broilers that suit the meal size. In any event, two such wired in series works on 220AC and are adaptable to 110AC easily.

Ken_Shea
10-25-2009, 11:33 PM
Broilers that are intended for small meals such as steaks do not need to be large. A cannibalized counter top portable broiler running 110AC will work fine. I've often wondered why oven makers don't have adaptable broilers that suit the meal size. In any event, two such wired in series works on 220AC and are adaptable to 110AC easily.

dp, that's a good idea, I was thinking of cannibalizing one of the 110V hot plates, it gets plenty red hot.

Paul Alciatore
10-26-2009, 01:38 AM
Not to rain on your parade, but after considering the amount of work plus the cost of whatever you are canibalizing, you would be better off getting one of the toaster ovens. They start at about $35 or $40 and they are designed for broiling. And then, there's safety considerations.

beanbag
10-26-2009, 01:55 AM
My toaster oven uses two halogen lamps as the "broiler"

Ken_Shea
10-26-2009, 09:48 AM
Not to rain on your parade, but after considering the amount of work plus the cost of whatever you are canibalizing, you would be better off getting one of the toaster ovens. They start at about $35 or $40 and they are designed for broiling. And then, there's safety considerations.

I've got an umbrella Paul :D
All or most of what you say is true, except !
Have one that is not used any longer, space considerations and the safety factor is about non-existant on these units, they will burn the crap out of you if you touch the top, tip out very easily if you slide out the rack with much of anything on it. That broiler would be a much safer unit installed in this oven.

Black_Moons
10-26-2009, 10:02 AM
beanbag: Ez-bake oven! for grownups!

240v isent more 'efficent' at heating, its just less copper needed for higher wattages. if you don't mind a 1500W~ limit, a 120v element is fine. (standard 15A 120v circuit)
if you need more, you'll have to run a custom circuit (or convert a 120v socket to 240v. they DO sell normal sized 240v 15A plugs (they have sideways blades)