Originally Posted by Scuba_Dave
Dryers also usually require a 30a 240v breaker & #10 wire
Household outlets are #12 wire, soyou couldn't even convert a dedicated #12 run/outlet to 240v
Well, this is a bit misleading, but the sentiment is accurate.
Standard receptacles are 120v, 15 or 20A. An electric dryer requires a 120/240v, 4-wire, 30A circuit. The two are not even close to the same.
Edit: Sorry, the misleading part is that a dedicated 15 or 20A line can be changed to a 15 or 20A straight 240v circuit. It is true that it CANNOT be changed to a 120/240v, 4-wire circuit.