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Old 06-17-2014, 05:20 PM   #1
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I just got a chest freezer and controller for fermentation control and while the temp swings a bit much it all seems to work. Unlike my keezer I do not net a collar. But I am a bit concerned about the probe wire being damaged by the lid. There is nothing on the top to compress the lid but the wire is slightly kinked already.

Any tips on how to run the probe and avoid too much damage without adding a collar or drilling holes?

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Old 06-17-2014, 05:41 PM   #2
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I just got a chest freezer and controller for fermentation control and while the temp swings a bit much it all seems to work. Unlike my keezer I do not net a collar. But I am a bit concerned about the probe wire being damaged by the lid. There is nothing on the top to compress the lid but the wire is slightly kinked already.

Any tips on how to run the probe and avoid too much damage without adding a collar or drilling holes?
If your chest freezer has a drain plug, you could run the probe through there and plug it up with some foam insulation.
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Put a piece of round plastic just big enough to fit the probe through and let the freezer door come down on that instead of the wire. You shouldn't lose too much air with that small of a leak around the gasket for a chest freezer (cold air sinks).

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Good idea. Let me test that out. I might need to find some insulation.

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The plastic is another good idea. If I can find something that works I will try that too. I am concerned about air. Right now I see some condensation with just the probe so I think that means air is getting through.

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If your chest freezer has a drain plug, you could run the probe through there and plug it up with some foam insulation.
Sadly I just tried this and it didn't work. I have a Johnson Digital Controller (A419) and the tip of the probe is a solid piece of metal about 1.5 inches long. The drain plug has a 90 degree bend in it. I can push the probe so I can see it in the freezer, but I can't make the tip bend around the 90 degree corner.

So close.
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How fond of the drain plug / channel are ya'?
The plastic parts will pull out of there, I'm bettin'...........Should be two piece, with foam poured around it.

I recently did this on a new 14 cu.ft. Frigidaire, dug out the foam, looked inside with a mirror, and put a hole in the end of the cabinet big enough to fit my high pressure CO2 hose through, so that my tank can sit outside the keezer, and the dual regulator can sit inside.

If your setup is not new enough to worry about a warranty, or that does not concern you, take some pliers and grab the edge of the plastic drain cup, and twist that rascal out of there, and your probe should make the turn then.


Unless you're scared...........

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How fond of the drain plug / channel are ya'?
The plastic parts will pull out of there, I'm bettin'...........Should be two piece, with foam poured around it.

I recently did this on a new 14 cu.ft. Frigidaire, dug out the foam, looked inside with a mirror, and put a hole in the end of the cabinet big enough to fit my high pressure CO2 hose through, so that my tank can sit outside the keezer, and the dual regulator can sit inside.

If your setup is not new enough to worry about a warranty, or that does not concern you, take some pliers and grab the edge of the plastic drain cup, and twist that rascal out of there, and your probe should make the turn then.


Unless you're scared...........
I will admit I'm a bit scared. The chest freezer is new and there is tons of drama around it (I hate drama). Lowe's took forever to deliver it (without telling me anything), then failed to notify me when late on delivery day, then delivered a severely dented product. To be honest, I'm still wondering if it isn't damaged so bad it will fail though it works now.

But I did consider pulling the plastic pieces to allow me to re-route the probe. Just not sure I want to right now.
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I went through the same deal with Lowes, the delivery drama, then there was the drama when my First Wife saw me standing over my new freezer with tools in hand.
She said "Whatcha' doing?"

I said "I'm about to make a new hole in my freezer."

You said "Delivered a severely dented product, with the drain cup missing"?

Of course, that was upon further inspection, mind you.......

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