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Old 05-25-2008, 05:06 PM   #11
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We have that freezer! Hmm would the SHMBO mind I wonder?
Did you add anything else besides the Love and the sheeting?
No, I kept everything else intact so it would still be a full functioning freezer if it ever gets decommissioned. I guess the door shelving it gone forever, but other than that, it is now just a precision controlled deep freezer (or fridge).
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Wow, nice clean install! I love the placement of the controller. One of my co-workers is selling that exact same freezer because he's moving out of town and I'm probably going to grab it off him.

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Old 05-26-2008, 11:02 PM   #13
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Well, here they both are together - all finished. I'm in hopes my new fermenators will be here sometime this week...

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If you were not an electrician, can you wire together those controllers? Is setting them similar to setting the dual stage Ranco? I'm running two of those on freezers I set up yesterday (and one freezer **** the bed, DAMMIT!). THey cam pre-wired, though. How do you wire these up?

I'm using dual stage so I can have a heat lamp wired inside it for winter time (it's in an uninsulated garage). Do these handle dual stage or would I just run a low wattage bulb in winter 24/7 to generate enough heat?

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If you were not an electrician, can you wire together those controllers? Is setting them similar to setting the dual stage Ranco? I'm running two of those on freezers I set up yesterday (and one freezer **** the bed, DAMMIT!). THey cam pre-wired, though. How do you wire these up?

I'm using dual stage so I can have a heat lamp wired inside it for winter time (it's in an uninsulated garage). Do these handle dual stage or would I just run a low wattage bulb in winter 24/7 to generate enough heat?
These are single stage and there is no way to wire them together, but I would think Love makes dual stage controllers. Its very similar to a Ranco, just much sleeker IMO. I'm no electrician and can't advocate enough the danger of messing with electicity if you don't know what you are doing - but, I knew the existing thermostat was obviously a hot switch, so all I needed was to find a common line that was always on - which took a little digging but wasn't that difficult after following the wiring.
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Old 05-27-2008, 10:27 PM   #16
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These are single stage and there is no way to wire them together, but I would think Love makes dual stage controllers. Its very similar to a Ranco, just much sleeker IMO. I'm no electrician and can't advocate enough the danger of messing with electicity if you don't know what you are doing - but, I knew the existing thermostat was obviously a hot switch, so all I needed was to find a common line that was always on - which took a little digging but wasn't that difficult after following the wiring.
Or you could just put the controller in the main power cord and set the internal thermostat to coldest. I wired mine into the middle of a 15 foot extension cord. I installed the controller into a project box from Tandy and velcroed it to the top of the fridge. It doesn't look as schmick as yours does, but I still have an untouched fridge with no holes in the door and the wiring untouched.....as if it's ever going to be anything except a lagerator
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Wow! Very impressive

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Or you could just put the controller in the main power cord and set the internal thermostat to coldest. I wired mine into the middle of a 15 foot extension cord. I installed the controller into a project box from Tandy and velcroed it to the top of the fridge. It doesn't look as schmick as yours does, but I still have an untouched fridge with no holes in the door and the wiring untouched.....as if it's ever going to be anything except a lagerator
But if you cut the main power line, how does the rest of the mechanics (defroster, light, etc) work when the controller toggles off?
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my current setup has the main power plug into the ranco dual stage. The sensor goes in through the ice-maker mounting hole, and a wire for a dome lamp runs through the hole as well. The lamp has a ceramic heating bulb. The heater is stage 2, set to a low temp, and the freezer is plugged into stage 1, with a max temp. The whole freezer turns off when it reaches temp. No light when you open the door. No fan.

I think the idea is that since you aren't even keeping this at freezing, it won't be a defrosting issue, but I'm no thermodynamysist.

If this controller can be wired to the main power line, I can probably figure that out well enough. I wonder if any local GRABASSers have done a wiring with one of these...

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Well, I am purposefully going to be dropping these below freezing to clear the beer before transfering to kegs. Also, I have some experience with this sort of stuff with my walk-in cooler and I can tell you that it will freeze up even if you aren't dropping the temp below freezing - especially when there is a lot of moisture in the air. So I liked the idea of going in like I did and just replacing the existing thermostat and leaving everything else alone.

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