I'm trying to build a large heat press and I want to use 2 oven elements as the heat source. I'm new to electrics and have no idea what I need between the elements and mains power. I'd like to be able to control the temperature at about 175celcius. For various reasons the heated panel needs to be at the top of the press, so I have ruled out gas. Steam seems like too much of a challenge. One other question - I'll need to anchor the elements to something sturdy. What's the deal with using wood at that temperature? (Clearly not between the elements and what I am trying to heat!) All help welcome
Likely an oven thermostat will do the job of control, but mineral insulated elements need a cold junction so design is important, if you look at an oven the heating element has the electrical connections away from the oven often in a fan cooled part of the appliance. And every thing is held in place by studs and tapped holes, in the older ovens the wires would be insulated with porcelain beads.
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