What general formulas are involved in calculating heat from Nichrome
wire based on it's Ohms/Foot? Shouldn't I be able to calculate my
total load and output based on the length? I am building this heater
box that needs to produce even heat around a 16x16" square. It took
quite a bit of experimentation to get the wire to heat evenly with a
W-shaped wiring diagram. I have 3 hots and 2 neutrals like this (from
a book):

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If you have 24AWG Nichrome wire rated at 1.671 Ohms/Foot at 68°F, what is your heat output at 120v? What is the load in amps? I think I am somewhere around 600-800 watts right now.

I am also curious how the load would differ with this configuration:

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Suppose the diagram above and this one here had the same length of wire - doesn't the load have to be identical? Even thought the heat would collect at one edge wouldn't the load still be the same?

Thank you, Confused.

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*/\ /*\*/ \ /*\/ \/ N NIf you have 24AWG Nichrome wire rated at 1.671 Ohms/Foot at 68°F, what is your heat output at 120v? What is the load in amps? I think I am somewhere around 600-800 watts right now.

I am also curious how the load would differ with this configuration:

H-------------N

Suppose the diagram above and this one here had the same length of wire - doesn't the load have to be identical? Even thought the heat would collect at one edge wouldn't the load still be the same?

Thank you, Confused.