Originally Posted by inhousebrew
Been looking at doing a similar setup except I think I'll use my pump to recirculate during the mash and use the PID to control the element during it as well. Anyways, I've been looking at ways to cut costs since I'm still a student (one that will be a teacher eventually so I figured I'd get used to cost cutting now) and I like you're toolbox setup and from a quick search they seem way cheaper and probably easier for me to cut than a metal project box. Can you use any old plastic toolbox like that for a control box or should I be looking for something specific?
Nah any toolbox works, I picked up the cheapest one I could find that had enough room in it for everything. The magic of the plastic case is it's non-conductive, it's super easy to put small screws into for mounting things, and heck it has a handle for picking up!
Most of my items are affixed to it by very small screws coming in the outside in, even for the items mounted on the inside. Means there's no pointy bits poking out. And all of the cutting I did with an exacto knife and a drill to start the holes. Worked like a champ!
I've since added a further 120v plug on the back side of it so I can plug my exhaust fan in, works great, safely mounted, sweet action.