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Old 12-18-2011, 02:40 PM   #1
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I am in the market for a temperature controller, and would be looking into getting a dual stage preferably as eventually i want to get a fridge to control more accuratley. My plan as of now would be to put the fermenter on my brick floor, which is capable of cooling down to 58 f and then using a heater or a wrap heater to bring it up and maintain. Whats the best/least expensive temp controller out there?

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The STC-1000 runs about $25 shipped on eBay (from Hong Kong). You will need to spend about $20 more on an enclosure, outlet and wiring, and it is in Centigrade.

The Love controller is about the same type of controller, ships from the US, and runs about $75 and is either C or F. You would still need to put it in an enclosure and wire it up.

Then there are a wide variety of Johnson controllers that start in the same range as the Love.

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Thanks for the quick reply. It does seem like the stc-1000 is a very good buy, but it seems like a lot more hassle with the wiring and all that. I was looking at a dual tempurate ranco, but that was running like 130 online. Would something like this work?
http://www.amazon.com/Zilla-Temperature-Controller/dp/B0018CLYNG

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Thanks for the quick reply. It does seem like the stc-1000 is a very good buy, but it seems like a lot more hassle with the wiring and all that. I was looking at a dual tempurate ranco, but that was running like 130 online. Would something like this work?
http://www.amazon.com/Zilla-Temperature-Controller/dp/B0018CLYNG
That looks like it would probably work but it is heat only. You could run a FermWrap or heatbelt/heating pad with it.
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I use these:ETC Supply

Some good pictures here on how to wire. Wiring the RANCO ETC-111000 Temperature Controller (the RIGHT way) | LIAMzilla.com

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I like the looks of those...1/4" sensor should still fit in a thermowell and 16A rating is better than the STC-1000 at 10A.
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Thanks for the links, the wiring looks like it would literally take ten minutes to setup and saves 20 dollars. Not a bad deal at all. That might be my best route to go, seeing as how I want to upgrade to a refrigerated fermentation chamber in the next six months. I could get two of these for the price of one dual stage temptroller.

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I am not sure if anybody has mentioned this but i found the following:
Thermal Monitors

I havent made a fermentation chamber yet but i am planning on making one soon.

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I'd go with one of those aquarium heater things and build it. Lower cost and dual temp. But I like to build things.

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I'm electronics retarded so building was out of my comfort zone those Ranco I linked are single temp but I've yet to need to heat and cool my fermenter in the same season although I understand wanting to have the capability. If you get it at Home Depot or Lowes you can get a really good deal on an extension cord, it comes with both ends wired and then you have enough extra wire to make a few more with minimal expenditure for the plugs which are dirt cheap. Wiring is as easy as it looks, believe me If I can do it anyone can.

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