Happy HolidaySs Giveaway - Winners Re-Re-Re-Re-Drawn - 24 hours to Claim!

Get your HBT Growlers, Shirts and Membership before the Rush!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > DIY Projects > Fermenters > fermentation chamber heater?
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 04-05-2011, 08:50 PM   #1
BLM
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: NW oregon
Posts: 127
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default fermentation chamber heater?

I am makeing a fermentation chamber that is heated not worried about cooling right now. I am going to use a ranco controller and was thinking on useing a under tank reptile heating pad but noticed it says to only put on glass not wood which is what the inside of my chamber is made out of so what will happen if I stick it to the wood or should I build a little bump out with a peice of glass to stick it to?

ETA or will a heating pad be a better idea

__________________
BLM is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-05-2011, 09:06 PM   #2
Reelale
Feedback Score: 3 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 17,736
Liked 1373 Times on 1331 Posts
Likes Given: 55

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by BLM View Post
I am makeing a fermentation chamber that is heated not worried about cooling right now. I am going to use a ranco controller and was thinking on useing a under tank reptile heating pad but noticed it says to only put on glass not wood which is what the inside of my chamber is made out of so what will happen if I stick it to the wood or should I build a little bump out with a peice of glass to stick it to?

ETA or will a heating pad be a better idea
I thought about the pad also. I opted for this. http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=3716152. It's 50 watts and you can serpentine along two walls of your chamber. I put duct tape to the insulation and then used electrical tape to secure the cable to the duct tape. Works well with for my chamber whichs is about 4X3.
__________________
Reelale is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-05-2011, 09:23 PM   #3
BLM
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: NW oregon
Posts: 127
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Reelale View Post
I thought about the pad also. I opted for this. http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=3716152. It's 50 watts and you can serpentine along two walls of your chamber. I put duct tape to the insulation and then used electrical tape to secure the cable to the duct tape. Works well with for my chamber whichs is about 4X3.

thanks for the link that looks like a better idea plus the reptile pad is only 8 watts
__________________
BLM is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-05-2011, 09:58 PM   #4
Reelale
Feedback Score: 3 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 17,736
Liked 1373 Times on 1331 Posts
Likes Given: 55

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by BLM View Post
thanks for the link that looks like a better idea plus the reptile pad is only 8 watts

Yeah, putting in on 2 walls of the chamber at carboy/bucket height works well for me. I think it's more generalized radiant heat than a pad or ceramic bulb. Good luck on your build.
__________________
Reelale is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-05-2011, 10:04 PM   #5
BLM
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: NW oregon
Posts: 127
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Reelale View Post
Yeah, putting in on 2 walls of the chamber at carboy/bucket height works well for me. I think it's more generalized radiant heat than a pad or ceramic bulb. Good luck on your build.
going to return the heat pad I bought get the rope
my chamber is only 30" wide 30" tall by 16" deep

where did you put your temp prob in the chamber?
__________________
BLM is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-05-2011, 10:35 PM   #6
Reelale
Feedback Score: 3 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 17,736
Liked 1373 Times on 1331 Posts
Likes Given: 55

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by BLM

going to return the heat pad I bought get the rope
my chamber is only 30" wide 30" tall by 16" deep

where did you put your temp prob in the chamber?
I tape the probe to the fermenter, with bubble wrap or foam on the outside.
__________________
Reelale is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-05-2011, 10:45 PM   #7
The_Dog_42
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
The_Dog_42's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Austin, Tx
Posts: 487
Liked 51 Times on 40 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

Reelale,
Do you have any pictures of how you set up the heat rope? I'm pretty sure I understand it, but I didn't think elec tape could handle the heat that well. I would have thought the adhesive would turn to goo..Thanks.

__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by TANSTAAFB
My 10 yr old chocolate lab Guinness :D thinks her name is goddammit dog or fu@%in' puppy...I think if she were registerable :drunk: her full name would Goddammit Guinness Stop It...Go Away!!! And we Love her dearly :)
My Keg-O-Vision (Kegerator) Build

My Butcherblock-esque Fermentation Chamber
The_Dog_42 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-05-2011, 10:51 PM   #8
doctorsbro
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: council bluffs, iowa
Posts: 174
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

what about a submersible aquarium heater? i would see a reason why it wouldnt ork, just have to figure out a way to seal the chord

__________________
doctorsbro is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-06-2011, 12:45 AM   #9
beertastic
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: CHARLOTTE, NC
Posts: 109
Liked 4 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 18

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by The_Dog_42 View Post
Reelale,
Do you have any pictures of how you set up the heat rope? I'm pretty sure I understand it, but I didn't think elec tape could handle the heat that well. I would have thought the adhesive would turn to goo..Thanks.
The manufacturer says to use electrical tape:
http://www.zoomed.com/Library/Produc...cheatcable.pdf

This is an awesome idea btw, and I think this is the way I'm gonna go when I build my chamber.
__________________
beertastic is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-06-2011, 01:20 AM   #10
Reelale
Feedback Score: 3 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 17,736
Liked 1373 Times on 1331 Posts
Likes Given: 55

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by The_Dog_42
Reelale,
Do you have any pictures of how you set up the heat rope? I'm pretty sure I understand it, but I didn't think elec tape could handle the heat that well. I would have thought the adhesive would turn to goo..Thanks.
Quote:
Originally Posted by beertastic

The manufacturer says to use electrical tape:
http://www.zoomed.com/Library/ProductDBFiles/rhcheatcable.pdf

This is an awesome idea btw, and I think this is the way I'm gonna go when I build my chamber.
Yep, instructions say electrical tape. I'm gonna put a few more strips of tape on mine. My chamber is kinda occupied at the moment, but maybe you can see it in the picture. And remember, this is 50W spread out over 23 ft. of cable. It doesn't get too hot.
forumrunner_20110405_201928.jpg  
__________________
Reelale is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
DIY electronic fermentation chamber heater Nebuch Fermenters 25 03-06-2013 05:51 PM
Good heater for small fermentation chamber? deadcactus Fermenters 22 01-11-2011 08:33 PM
Fermentation chamber heater Bugaboo Fermenters 4 08-28-2010 07:26 AM
Fermentation Chamber Heater mattlins Fermenters 23 04-28-2010 07:46 PM
Heater for fermentation chamber dunleav1 Fermenters 7 04-09-2009 12:27 AM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS