# current draw from a small apartment stove?

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Sam Kaan, Jan 25, 2004.

1. ### Sam KaanGuest

I wonder if anyone know the current draw from a small apartment's
stove?
This is the type of stove that only has 2 heating elements instead of
the 4 in the house-size stove.

Of course it also has the oven element inside also.

So what would be the overall amperage draw and the individual ones
(each element).

PS: What would happens if you try to control the heat level using one
of those motor speed control. Theese units plug into the wall outlet
and offer AC plug coming out of it which is controlled by a variable
resistor of some kind. Provided it meets the current draw of course.

2. ### John WoodgateGuest

I read in sci.electronics.design that Sam Kaan <>
Either the current or the power should be marked on a rating label,
which may be on the back of the stove. If the power is given, divide by
120 or 240, depending on which voltage the stove operates on, to get the
current.

No, do not try to use a motor speed controller. It might appear to work
but you have no way of knowing that it is safe and a big fire could
result.

3. ### Tim ShoppaGuest

For a "house size" stove with oven, there's a 50 or 60 Amp breaker and 240V
wiring.

Yours is probably half the size, maybe 20 Amps at 240V, or 50 Amps at
120V.
Big mistake, IMHO. The oven has a thermostat and the top elements have
their own power control. If either is defective, repair it with the
proper parts. The stove/oven is almost certainly hardwired in and
there's no plug or jack until you start cutting wires and hacking it
up, not something you're allowed to do. The NEC and local fire codes
will offer more details.

Tim.

4. ### N. ThorntonGuest

Its impossible to rate it without seeing, but here ovens like that on
13A plugs are fairly common. Oven is 1 to 1.5kW, the rings are 1kW
each, and one of the rings is arranged so that when the oven element
comes on that one ring is simultaneoulsy switched off. This keeps the
whole lot at under 13A, making it a plug in item.

Regards, NT