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Help me set up a PID temp controller w/ heating element

  1. Feb 17, 2008 #1
    I need to heat styrene to its forming temp of around 325 degrees F. I have a heating gun that operates at too many amps to use safely at home. So I found these temp controllers that don't use a lot of energy, but can get hotter then my blow dryer can, yet not as hot as the 700 degree heat gun I have. So its a good compromise. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=330211540965&ssPageName=ADME:B:WNA:US:1123" [Broken]
    Now this comes with a type K thermocouple which wont work for my application. What do I need to get this all going? Do I need a radiant heating element or will some bent bare nichrome wire inside some old cooking pans with insulation work? Also this will only need to heat 2ft x 2ft. Do I need an SSR or one of these guys too? http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=270211770451&ssPageName=ADME:B:DBS:US:1123" [Broken]
    This is all really new to me. I'm a total newb. lol Maybe I'm going about this all wrong. ANY help would be greatly appreciated.

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  3. Feb 17, 2008 #2


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    325°F. Sounds like a perfect application for your home oven.

    But if you want to learn a little about temperature control, you might want to take a look at http://www.omega.com/temperature/Z/zsection.asp" [Broken].
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