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Old 12-31-2013, 04:19 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the replies fellas, I am far along on my journey.

- Picked up a $40 old GE freezer that I will be converting
- Picked up a ceramic heater with automatic overheat shutoff at Wally World for $15
- Picked up the STC-1000 temp controller. Should be coming in the mail today

Have a couple of questions still that I am just curious about...

1) Has anyone actually put any fire retardant protection inside of these things? There's some non-toxic stuff. I am considering putting a coat on the outside of the chamber. I literally am using this chamber for strictly fermentation/yeast starter only so since everything is "contained" I don't think it'd be a huge issue, and would lessen risk of something tragic happening.

2) As for placement/arranging things, I'm thinking the controller has to go on the outside. How do I then run the cord inside for the heat source? I was just thinking to feed the cord in between the lid and freezer and there wouldn't be a lot of heat loss because of the very small gap. At this point I am brewing today so drilling a hole is going to be a project that I may not have time for. Do people really go through the trouble of drilling through the freezer just for the heat source cord? If I do, I just assume you put expanding foam around it?

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Old 12-31-2013, 04:34 PM   #12
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I use an old heating pad for mine. It works just fine. My garage recently has been in the 30-40 range, and I have had no issues keeping my fermenter at 68.

If you got the digital Johnson Controls temperature controller, it can be a pain in the spring/fall. As stated before, it is not a two stage controller. It supports heating and cooling, but not at the same time. You have to take the controller apart and change the jumpers around each time you want to switch between heating and cooling. I have one that I used a couple of times for fermentation, and now it is on my keezer. I replaced it with the STC-1000.

For the time being, I just run the cords between the door seal and the fridge. I just shut the door on them and have had no issues.

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Thanks for the quick reply - I did order the STC-1000, not the Johnson controller. I knew I ordered one of them off Amazon - looks like I made the right choice.

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Old 12-31-2013, 04:44 PM   #14
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I thought about the personal ceramic heater, but, I was able to pick up the paint can parts for less than $5 and it was a fun project.
this is what I did for the heating mechanism and it works great.
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this is what I did for the heating mechanism and it works great.
The paint can heat lamp or the personal ceramic heater?

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You have to take the controller apart and change the jumpers around each time you want to switch between heating and cooling. I have one that I used a couple of times for fermentation, and now it is on my keezer. I replaced it with the STC-1000.
Uh. It's 4 phillips head screws and a single jumper.

If you can figure out how to open a jar of pickles, you already have the skills necessary to open it up and move that jumper in all of 60 seconds.

2 minutes a year. Totally worth buying and wiring a new controller....
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