My system is mounted on a sheet of plywood and it's based on a lot of information from Kal's site, only I used parts I had already been buying. Instead of a Auber controller for my RIMS tube I use a MYPIN TA4-SSR controller. For my brew pot and sparge water controller I use a controller card I pulled out of a SP-2000 stir plate. The controller card works great once I figured out how to make it control a SSR and I wanted to upgrade the stir plate anyways.
Everything works the way its supposed to but everything is also exposed, except for the heating element connections. They are mounted through metal electrical boxes with holes drilled through the backs & have blank covers on the front. The only plugs in the whole system are the two I use to switch heat between sparge water & boil, the main plug into the wall and the separate MARCH pump cord that gets plugged into a 120V GFI outlet.
Now I'm wondering if I should take everything apart and stuff it in a box, or maybe I should just build a cover that hangs over everything? Wife wants me to build 4 sides and hang a door on the front with a latch to keep the kids out, then I can just open the door to brew. Or maybe it's time to replace everything with a off the shelf system?
I like KAL's systems but I can't afford one. Does anyone manufacture a decent system for less than $500?