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Temperature control for chest freezer

PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2010 10:34 pm
by triple-oh_six
So I finally got around to hooking up my temp control, eventually I will build a collar and have the controller mounted in it but for now this will work. (I just plugged it in when taking these pics so the temp is kinda high)
It's a dual stage controller, I wired it so I can plug it in then have 2 female outlets, one for the freezer, one for a fermwrap heater.
This eliminates the need to splice the power cord on the freezer.

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PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2010 6:22 am
by aleguy
:D :D :D

PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2010 6:31 am
by yeastmeister
Nice. I like the box.

PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2010 9:42 am
by redtail28
Very nice work Trip who did it for you. Lol
Just saying. That what I'm doing with the controll
box off of my brew stand. Looks like you just
gave me yet another project !

PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2010 11:42 am
by aleguy
redtail28 wrote: That what I'm doing with the controll
box off of my brew stand. Looks like you just
gave me yet another project !

You have 2 dual controllers. I don't understand why don't just make one permanent for your kegerator and one for your brew stand. And I also think it's time you got some bungees for your fermwrap and stopped using electrical tape to hold them on. Just sayin'. :wink:

PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2010 11:59 am
by redtail28
+1 agreed

PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2010 5:00 pm
by triple-oh_six
Mylo from the BN forums left me a couple of comments on my FB page about it not looking safe.
Does anyone see a problem with this being mounted in a wooden box. It does seem to throw off a little heat but should I be concerned. There is no vents which I think would make it worse since now it is at least somewhat liquid resistant.
Any thoughts, I don't wanna burn my house down.

PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2010 5:09 pm
by aleguy
I doubt it will produce sufficient heat to ignite wood, which temperature I would assume is the same as for paper: Fahrenheit 451 degrees.
Heat buildup is much more likely to damage your electronic controller than set a wooden box on fire. The ones mounted into collars have their ass ends in the cold part.

PostPosted: Sun May 16, 2010 9:16 am
by yeastmeister
While I don't think it will be a problem, because I know they don't get that hot. From an electrical point, I can see where he is worried. What you are always concerned about in electricity is the worst case scenario. If it shorts out for some reason, Its possible to have it catch fire. Especially in that box. Once its mounted in a collar, the only problem I can forsee is rust. The fridge itself would rust if it weren't for the paint protecting the metal parts. Anywhere the pain peels, it starts to rust. Rust could definitely cause it to short. Yep, I've seen lots of pics with people mounting them directly into the doors or collars. Just my 2 cents worth however, but I'd leave the controller out of the fridge, and only have the probe inserted.

PostPosted: Sun May 16, 2010 8:08 pm
by aleguy
+1 :D