As one of the reviewers notes, and I forgot to add, the pictured model is the 5 sq. ft. version. I saw this version at the store as well so I know that the picture is extremely unhelpful. I'll have to upload a pic when it arrives.
The 7.2 cu. ft. version that I purchased had free shipping as well.
I'll look for the ranco controller to compare prices. I've found the Johnson for about $90, but was hoping to find something similar for slightly less $ if possible.
Bottles on hand:
Dried Apricot Cider Ale
Indeed "Burr Grinder" Clone
Breakfast in Beer
Heady the Elder
(1) Therman Merman (IPA)
(1) Drunken Donut aging on Sugar Whiskey Staves, vanilla beans, knob creek, and disarrono.