Originally Posted by onthekeg
Thanks for the input Blauhung. I will probably build it anyway, it seems like a pretty cheap and easy project, and if people want a semi auto electric method on the cheap for an HLT or boil it will work quite well.
I even located this and am wondering if that would be good for those thinking of going electric. Its pretty much a dial control for running an element.http://www.stilldragon.com/basic-controller.html
I know the guy that builds those, and he's a decent fella. For a basic variable control that's pre built I'd recommend him, it's good for a single element control. If you want to step up to more advanced controls that will manage higher level control of the brewing process, you can look into Kal's system, EBC based systems, or this style of controller.
I am not afraid to say that my inspiration came from here, and many thanks to all your members. The application of just such a concept is up to the user, but like I said earlier, phase angle for single element is the easiest and quite cheap if you use the component I refered to in my earlier post. It is well suited to simple analogue controls, but do not lend themselves to blended semi-automated controls like the PID versions that are frequently referred to here.
For a one dial BK control, the one you linked to is top notch, I can't think of a better design and as a matter of fact I linked to it in one of my previous posts. For a comprehensive controller, PWM is the easiest to implement.
I'm glad to see that HBT is getting more exposure to the other styles of control that might benefit it's members.