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Old 10-17-2010, 12:07 AM   #1
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So the next phase of my brewery is a RIMS tube and a control panel. Looks like I'll be acquiring parts for a bit. I was surprised to see how expensive the electrical enclosures people used for their control panels are. $300? Hadn't planned on that.

I do want to keep safety in mind, but can anyone suggest or post pics of your cheap enclosure? (by cheap I mean no $300).

Look forward to seeing what the creative members of this board have come up with over the years.



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This site by Kal (member here) shows a relatively cheap enclosure. It seems big enough for most setups. P.S. The entire site and build are awesome.
http://www.theelectricbrewery.com/control-panel-part-1?page=3



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Old 10-17-2010, 12:36 AM   #3
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So the next phase of my brewery is a RIMS tube and a control panel. Looks like I'll be acquiring parts for a bit. I was surprised to see how expensive the electrical enclosures people used for their control panels are. $300? Hadn't planned on that.

I do want to keep safety in mind, but can anyone suggest or post pics of your cheap enclosure? (by cheap I mean no $300).

Look forward to seeing what the creative members of this board have come up with over the years.
I paid $50 or $60 plus shipping for the enclosure in my avatar from a user here on HBT. It was used and needed a little attention but worked our great.

I have the enclosure in the pics below that I planned to eventually put in the classified section. It is a new Hoffman box (A12N106) with a back panel (7561k871). I think I have about $35 in this box... PM me if you would be interested in it.







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Old 10-17-2010, 01:41 AM   #4
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Default I have an extra electrical enclosure

Check out the link below. It is in the classified section. I'll take $70 (via paypal) plus you pay shipping. This is a heavy duty commercial enclosure.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f16/trade-very-nice-electrical-enclosure-194252/

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Old 10-17-2010, 05:44 AM   #5
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So the next phase of my brewery is a RIMS tube and a control panel. Looks like I'll be acquiring parts for a bit. I was surprised to see how expensive the electrical enclosures people used for their control panels are. $300? Hadn't planned on that.

I do want to keep safety in mind, but can anyone suggest or post pics of your cheap enclosure? (by cheap I mean no $300).

Look forward to seeing what the creative members of this board have come up with over the years.
What???????? Are you kidding?? You havent looked very hard have you? There are tons of brand new enclosures on Ebay for less than $100.
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Old 10-17-2010, 06:31 AM   #6
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What???????? Are you kidding?? You havent looked very hard have you? There are tons of brand new enclosures on Ebay for less than $100.
I'm just curious to see what people have used and if I can get the pros and cons on some of these enclosures. Do I really need one certified to deflect 60 gallons of water per minute? Some have gone with this type. I'm sure others have done it for $50 or less.

I'm definitely willing to do my research on this. Thought it would be a fun thread, though.
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You could build one out of wood for that matter. It doesn't have to be of any specific rating unless you're trying to employ it in a commercial setting and have to get inspections. I doubt you pulled a residential permit to install your brew house.

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How big of an enclosure do you need?

I've got a spare 10 x 12 x 6 metal enclosure with no holes in it that I could sell to you for $30 + shipping.

PM me if you're interested. I have pictures.

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Nice idea, there, Klyph. Thanks for posting those enclosures, guys. I'm probably not buying anything just yet, though. I may make a wooden box to start or get something ultra cheap. I'm going to start slow with just the PID, a pump switch and maybe a timer if I can get one on the cheap.

Keep 'em coming, though. I started the thread to see what people have done besides those really awesome, but expensive ones. Like this.



You know your control panel rocks when it requires parts from IKEA!


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