So I am working on a project to which I need a heater. Currently I am using a cheapo heat gun that I purchased at Harbor Freight which works decently but I would like my heat to be more evenly distributed in my test environment and also a higher heat output as well. I am looking for around 1500-2000 watts of heat as my current heat gun is rated for about 1500 watts.
From what I have seen, nickel chromium seems to be the choice many people are using but have a few questions in using that.. Can you get the 1500 watts of heat I am looking for with this? It seems all the projects I found that use this method seem to be requiring much less heat. If someone here has a better material choice please let me know.
So once I have my material, lower gauge (larger diameter wire) = higher heat output and higher power requirement right?
It also seems that the projects that I have found connect DC power to the coils.. can this not be done with AC? My heat gun uses AC and has no transformer so I would think AC would work as well? Also stoves seem to have heat coils that plug in with two terminals.. I assume these just hook up to AC power through a switch on the stove which simple turns the power on and off?
Also what are standard techniques to "hold onto" the heater coil to mount it for a project? Is this typically just done with steel / aluminum mounts?
I know many questions but basically if someone can outline how to create such a heat coil, it would be incredibly helpful as I am sure someone is much more knowledgeable than me on this subject and probably has done it before.