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Old 09-21-2012, 05:35 AM   #41
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I did the same thing, but I put this fan inside a wood cigar box, which was $5 a local cigar shop, but you might be able to get one for free. I drilled some holes in the box and used the screws that come with this fan to attach it to the lid. I bought neodymium magnets from K&J Magnetics. At some point I'm going to clean it up and mount the speed control knob properly.

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Old 10-09-2012, 11:05 PM   #42
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subscribed. Awesome idea!

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Old 11-06-2012, 06:33 AM   #43
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Thanks again, works great

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Old 11-06-2012, 06:49 AM   #44
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Good option for people who dont have access to a soldering iron or any of the other necessary parts.

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Old 11-06-2012, 07:33 PM   #45
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Can anybody think of a reason not to use the larger fan? The price difference is only $3 right now.

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Old 11-06-2012, 07:47 PM   #46
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I have a 0.4 Amp fan in my box, it only whirlpools. Is this too strong of a fan? Is bad for my starter if it goes this fast?

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Old 11-06-2012, 10:51 PM   #47
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Same fan/controller mounted in a plastic container. Super easy.
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Old 11-07-2012, 01:12 AM   #48
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I built one last weekend. Thanks for the links... works perfectly.

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Old 11-07-2012, 03:42 PM   #49
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KurtB - the smaller one seems to have a higher RPM range than the larger one (1300-3000 vs 800-1500), so I'm not sure why you would need it. I have the smaller one and I have to keep it on a low-medium setting or it will throw my stir bar, which is 1.575" long.

I also have one of these in my keezer. It reduces condensation and the frequency of the compressor coming on. The flat cord is nice too, because I can close the door on it and did not need to put a hole in the keezer to run it through.

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Old 11-08-2012, 02:42 AM   #50
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Thanks for the info. I was thinking about sticking a fan into my keezer and did not even think about using one of these. Great idea.

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