I'm in the process of preparing my space for my build and was weighing the best way to provide GFCI protection for my electrical service. I'm planning a much simpler version of the build detailed on this fantastic site and have determined that my rig will need a 30 amp supply. The least expensive GFCI option that I've found up to this point is a spa panel that comes with a 50 amp GFCI breaker for ~ $50.
I'm planning on having the 50 amp GFCI breaker installed in my main breaker box and installing a regular 30 amp breaker in the spa panel to power the rig. I could then add other breakers to the spa panel if the need ever arose.
Would I be sacrificing any GFCI protection in this type of set up? Would I be better served to just run a circuit with a 30 amp GFCI breaker instead?
Joined: 18 Dec 2010 Posts: 174 Location: Kiowa CO.
Link Posted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 1:23 pm Post subject:
I had bought the spa panel from Home Depot but returned it once the GFCI cord came available again. It does come with a 2-pole breaker in the panel. It also has places to add other breakers in it. It would have been harder to wire up for me and the GFCI cord was much easier to deal with. _________________ All beer is good, the one you are drinking may not be your favorite. Enjoy it for what it is and move on.
Joined: 28 Dec 2010 Posts: 709 Location: Telemark, Norway
Link Posted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 5:28 pm Post subject:
I couldn't find a 230v cable with integrated GFCI, but what I ended up with was quite inexpensive too:
- GFCI/overload protector inside the control panel, $22
- 6' 10/3 cable - $5. (I bought 65' for $55, since the brew area is quite far from the 30A outlet.)
- 30A plug - $10 (from Norway, so it was quite expensive, here they use strange plugs for the 30A outlets.)
- 4" DIN rail, $3
about $40 for all. _________________ ...just one more.
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