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Old 02-25-2012, 02:59 PM   #1
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Default Fermentation Chamber Heat Source

I am planning to buy a chest freezer as a fermentation chamber. Initially I plan to use it for cooling, but will need to use it in "heating mode" next winter. I am looking at a johnson or ranco controller for heating and cooling.

I need a heat source that I can put into the freezer in the winter to maintain my fermentation temp. I was thinking about a small radiant heater. What do you think? Does anyone have a suggestion for heating? Also, if you have any thoughts or recommendations on the controller I'd appreciate the help!

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Old 02-25-2012, 03:47 PM   #2
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I use a plant seed germination heat mat, placed near the carboy but not touching it.

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Search the forums and you'll find a bunch of ideas like the paint can, ceramic bulbs, radiant heaters, reptile heaters, battery warmers, etc. Dual stage controllers from Ranco and Johnson will work fine but the cheapest method is probably the ebay controller.

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I use the ebay controller as well...

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Ebay Controller, ceramic space heater w/fan (adjustable settings on it, $20), and minifridge, all mounted on the Fermenator (custom built wood/foam chamber)...picture fridge sized cabinet w/two levels...heat from below, cool from above.

I have the heater set on top of a couple bricks and use a small board to deflect heat from direct contact with fermenters, diffuses heat better.

All said, works well...i keep the temp probe insulated w/bubble wrap and taped to fermenter, away from heat/cool source.

good luck w/finding what works best for your setup...

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I saw a very small heater (200w I think) with a fan at Mart-of-Wal the other day for $12 which might work ok.

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I saw a very small heater (200w I think) with a fan at Mart-of-Wal the other day for $12 which might work ok.
This is similar to (if not the same one) I use.

Lasko MyHeat http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ce-full-site=1. Works great with my A419 in heating mode.
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Search the forums and you'll find a bunch of ideas like the paint can, ceramic bulbs, radiant heaters, reptile heaters, battery warmers, etc. Dual stage controllers from Ranco and Johnson will work fine but the cheapest method is probably the ebay controller.
I used the ebay controller (STC-1000) along with this: http://brewstands.com/fermentation-heater.html. Works great.
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Thanks. This is a lot of help! The STC-1000 ebay controller seems like a good way to go. I found what appears to be a good diy you tube video that shows a nice build:

. I like the paint can idea from copyright1997. Another fun build.
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A string of non-LED Christmas lights makes a great heat source if you can still find them.

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