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Old 09-26-2013, 12:10 PM   #21
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I am very impressed! It's clean, well organized, well wired, and purely simple - exactly what a compact control panel should be.

What do the 2 switches next to each PID do? One looks to be an alarm switch but I can't tell about the other.

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Old 09-27-2013, 04:34 AM   #22
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orangehero, you are the hero here, That is a great price and look. This style will be my next system.

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Old 09-28-2013, 01:37 AM   #23
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Thanks for the link, the heatsinks from that vendor are absolute monsters.

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Old 09-29-2013, 01:15 PM   #24
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Here's my toolbox controller. I know a lot of people recommend getting massive enclosures to have lots of space for the components, but I wanted mine as compact as possible. With some careful measuring and planning I think I pulled it off. I still need to get two more PID controllers for it, but they should just drop in place.
That's really cool. Keep up the good work.
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Old 10-03-2013, 07:50 AM   #25
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When I opened the thread I admit I was expecting to see some half-baked joke of a panel but what you've got here is one of the best, and most unique, control panels I've seen on the boards. You've won me over, got a parts list you could share?

I also did I just miss them or do you not have switched for your pumps on the box?

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Old 10-03-2013, 10:25 AM   #26
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No parts list but it should be clear from the photos.

I have a separate toolbox for my pumps. I made a mistake in the design though...I should have made the pump heads stick out the sides so that they would balance each other out.

I think you might be able to squeeze in outlets and switches for two pumps. If I had a permanent brew area I probably would have gone with an industrial enclosure.







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Old 10-03-2013, 12:48 PM   #27
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Looks good. Be sure to ground the metal box.

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Old 10-03-2013, 01:53 PM   #28
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Orange hero. Love the control box, really love the pump box. But I am wondering what those black blocks are on the vertical connections?? Some kind of sight glass? Where did you get them?

Thanks! Again, great work and thank you for sharing.

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Old 10-03-2013, 02:17 PM   #29
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What do the 2 switches next to each PID do? One looks to be an alarm switch but I can't tell about the other.
I was also wondering this.


It's looking great!
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Old 10-03-2013, 04:38 PM   #30
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Dang, I'm almost more impressed by your pump housing than your control box. Those are both excellent solutions to mobile brewing and this sort of setup looks like it'd be useful for anyone who does communal brewing and/or plans on moving around a bit. Do you find that your fans in your pump box provide sufficient airflow for continuous operation or do you stick with transfer usage duration only?

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