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Old 07-25-2012, 10:46 AM   #1
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What is everyone using for the hot side of their controller? I've a halogen lamp hooked up now, but wonder if there is a better solution.

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Old 07-25-2012, 11:04 AM   #2
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I use a ceramic heat lamp, there used mainly for terrariums. No light emmitted & Using stc 1000 it only varies by 0.5c at any stage

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Old 07-25-2012, 11:55 AM   #3
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I'd be cautious using a halogen bulb, haven't seen one that runs cool enough not to present a fire hazard. I use an old 60watt boot drier and have found that to be sufficient to hold a 9cf freezer to 65 deg in my unheated garage in January. You really don't need much heat, although it stays on longer than a higher power heat source would.

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I just use a Brewers belt, but you could make one of these: http://www.wortomatic.com/articles/F...ion-Can-Heater

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Old 07-25-2012, 01:07 PM   #5
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I'd be cautious using a halogen bulb, haven't seen one that runs cool enough not to present a fire hazard. I use an old 60watt boot drier and have found that to be sufficient to hold a 9cf freezer to 65 deg in my unheated garage in January. You really don't need much heat, although it stays on longer than a higher power heat source would.
It's actually an outdoor lamp w/ a protective glass cover, impervious to the elements. I will check out some of the other options though, not crazy about the light even though I ferment in buckets. Holds temps steady though.
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