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Old 05-25-2011, 07:40 PM   #1
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Default Temperature control for Keezer

I am certain this has been posted before, but after a very cursory search, I didn't find anything.

I am looking to convert a Frigidaire chest freezer into a keezer and want to find a good looking, easy to use and install thermostat/temperature controller. I don't, however, intend on spending a lot of money. I like the looks of this one and imagine it can be built into the collar (am I wrong?)

I found this temperature control on e-bay....http://cgi.ebay.com/Temperature-Cont...item1c1ba6b46d

How hard will this be to install? Is it anywhere near comparable to the Johnson and Ranco ones?

Anyone have one of these?

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Old 05-25-2011, 10:30 PM   #2
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I have one of those built into the collar of my keezer and it works great, but does require some basic wiring skills and electrical parts to get it functional. See this thread about that very controller. FWIW they are cheaper if you buy direct from China.

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Old 05-25-2011, 11:00 PM   #3
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I don't have any wiring skills, so maybe I should pass? It really depends on the quality of instructions...any thoughts?

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Its pretty easy to wire up just follow the ebay aquarium temp control thread and it tells you everything you need to know about wireing it up.

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Find a used analog or digital controller (Ranco or Johnson Controls). Plug it in, check the temp and your done.

I found a used Digital pre-wired Ranco in the HBT classifieds for $35.

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find it here: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/ebay...-build-163849/

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I don't have any wiring skills, so maybe I should pass? It really depends on the quality of instructions...any thoughts?
The controller doesn't really come with instructions, but just follow the thread I linked and it will walk you through it. It's not really that difficult, but it's also totally understandable if you'd prefer a plug and play model like a Ranco or Johnson. Once you add the cost of the other parts you'll need you might end up close to the cost of a Ranco anyways.
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I took a look at the Ranco ETC-111000, and it looks like that, too, requires additional wiring -- am I wrong?

I want something that works (doesn't have to be absolutely perfect) that's affordable and that I can install and manipulate easily. Looking at the ebay aquarium thread, I think I could handle it -- but theRanco ETC-111000 is digital (which I like) and reasonably priced...

So...I guess... what's the deal?

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but theRanco ETC-111000 is digital (which I like)
They're both digital.

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I took a look at the Ranco ETC-111000, and it looks like that, too, requires additional wiring -- am I wrong?
You can buy the Ranco either unwired or pre-wired where all you do is plug it in.

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So...I guess... what's the deal?
If it were me I'd get the e-bay one because it's cheaper and looks cool flush mounted in a keezer collar, but it's ultimately up to you and whether or not you feel comfortable wiring it.
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If you're not in a huge rush, scan the classifieds or put up a WTB: Temp controller ad in the classifieds.

I have seen a lot of temp controllers go for around $40 and all you do is plug it in.

If you don't want to hassle with wiring or worrying about buying the aquarium controller and screwing it up, put up an ad.

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