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Old 09-19-2013, 03:45 AM   #1
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So I have set up a upright freezer to act as a ferm chamber. I drilled through one of the shelf supports to pass the temp probe through. To insulate/cover the hole I folded up a shop towel and duck taped it over the hole.

So here is my concern. I want to pass a cord for a brew belt through the same hole. If I do this is my insulation method a potential fire hazard? If yes any recommendations on a safe removable low profile way of insulating this area would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 09-19-2013, 04:23 AM   #2
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Couple of questions:
Why does this setup need to be removable?
Can you send pictures?

without either answer, i'd recommend you get crafty with some spray foam, maybe stick a ziplock bag in the hole with your two cables and fill it with the flame stop spray foam.

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It only needs to be removable as I'm not fully done getting it put together. I may add another controller, or change the type of heating. Just looking for a safe solution while I figure out what works for me. If it helps I have it in the garage.

I can't add a pic just yet as I'm already on the way to work. Maybe after I can get that done. Is almost the exact same thing I use to attach the temp probe to my bucket. The hole is about 1/2 in

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Your concern is that your cord for your brew belt might heat up enough to catch your towel on fire? I don't think I'd be too concerned about that, personally.

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While I wouldn't be too concerned, there is a putty available that is made for this sort of use. Look for a block of duct seal in the electrical department of your favorite building supply store. It has a consistency like Play Doh, sticks well, and stays pliable for a very long time.

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Your concern is that your cord for your brew belt might heat up enough to catch your towel on fire? I don't think I'd be too concerned about that, personally.
Yeah that is the concern. I'm not horribly familiar with the brew belt or know if it would pose a problem if ran for extended periods of time. Which is why I posted to get input from you folks. Thank you BTW.
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While I wouldn't be too concerned, there is a putty available that is made for this sort of use. Look for a block of duct seal in the electrical department of your favorite building supply store. It has a consistency like Play Doh, sticks well, and stays pliable for a very long time.
Thank you, I will check for that. I do have this near some wood shelving and would hate to burn my house down.
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You could try to use a rubber gromet of a cord grip.

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Another idea would be an electrical box bushing (just a plastic bushing typically used for running low voltage lines and data lines into a metal junction box). Use clear silicone to seal it up, putting it on the bushing only and not the fridge insulation. Would look professional and easily removed.

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[Duplicate] thanks iphone....

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