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#82613 - 12/01/02 04:07 PM 240V Receptacle in Kitchen
Hutch Offline

Registered: 05/27/02
Posts: 383
Loc: South Oxfordshire, UK
Does the NEC prevent a 240V, 20A receptacle being installed in a domestic kitchen? The receptacle would supply a 3kW cord- and plug-connected hot water kettle.

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#82614 - 12/01/02 04:12 PM Re: 240V Receptacle in Kitchen
spyder Offline

Registered: 10/14/02
Posts: 211
Loc: Massachusetts
I do not know of any restrictions on 240 volt recptacles. I do not see anything wrong with installing the recptacle for your appliance.

#82615 - 12/01/02 04:13 PM Re: 240V Receptacle in Kitchen
CTwireman Offline

Registered: 02/07/02
Posts: 839
Loc: Connecticut, USA
Yup, the receptacle is allowed.

However, it may need GFI protection.

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#82616 - 12/01/02 04:22 PM Re: 240V Receptacle in Kitchen
Hutch Offline

Registered: 05/27/02
Posts: 383
Loc: South Oxfordshire, UK
I think GFCI regulations apply only to 120V circuits.

#82617 - 12/01/02 10:41 PM Re: 240V Receptacle in Kitchen
nesparky Offline

Registered: 06/21/01
Posts: 650
Loc: omaha,ne
GFI rules apply to 220v items also. Same as 120v rules. You may be able to get by if the outlet is single and dedicated to only one appliance

#82618 - 12/02/02 03:43 AM Re: 240V Receptacle in Kitchen
Electricmanscott Offline

Registered: 01/12/02
Posts: 1478
Loc: Holden, MA USA
2002 NEC 210.8 (A) "All 125 volt single phase 15 and 20 amp recepts in locations specified in 1 through 8 shall have gf protection for personel" I see no requirement for gfci on this installation.

#82619 - 12/02/02 12:57 PM Re: 240V Receptacle in Kitchen
pauluk Offline

Registered: 08/11/01
Posts: 7693
Loc: Norfolk, England
Still firmly attached to your British-style tea-making facilities, eh, Hutch?

#82620 - 12/02/02 01:14 PM Re: 240V Receptacle in Kitchen
SvenNYC Offline

Registered: 08/19/02
Posts: 1685
Loc: New York City
Wouldn't it just be easier (and cheaper) to get a 110-volt electric kettle?

I'm sure they sell them's just a small pot with a resistance coil to boil water, right?

#82621 - 12/02/02 05:05 PM Re: 240V Receptacle in Kitchen
JerryF Offline
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Registered: 10/24/01
Posts: 9
Loc: Long Island, NY
NEC 210.8 requires all 125-volt, single-phase, 15- and 20-ampere receptacles installed to serve the kitchen countertop surfaces to be GFCI protected.

#82622 - 12/02/02 07:23 PM Re: 240V Receptacle in Kitchen
Hutch Offline

Registered: 05/27/02
Posts: 383
Loc: South Oxfordshire, UK
Paul, you hit the nail right on the head - it's all down to *power* and the fastest way to achieve phase transition. The highest rated 115V kettle I’ve come across here is 1500W with the majority on offer being only 1000W – I saw one rated at 750W! Morning tea is a must and time is short at that time of day. One cannot beat 3kW of grunt to raise 2 pints of cold water to boiling point in about a minute.

Guys, thanks for your replies. On the same vein I see that 210-6 (a) (2) restricts voltage at receptacles in dwelling units to no more than 120V if the cord and plug-connected loads are less than 1440 volt-amps (or ¼ hp). How does one satisfy the AHJ that this is the case (i.e. a 3kW kettle) – after all, once installed in a new bare house the occupant could plug any 240V device into it.

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