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Old 12-23-2013, 06:08 AM   #1
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I am going to replace the analog controller I have with a digital type. I am looking at the ranco (ETC-111000-000) and love (ts-13010) controllers. There is about $20 difference in price for me and I would have to wire up both. The love looks smaller and seems like something I could flush mount in my collar for a real sleek look. Whatever I use and like will get purchased again in the near future for fermentation control.

Of course I have thought about going with a FermTroller setup and running serving and fermentation off the same controller.

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Because the Ranco controllers do not provide any kind of "anti-short-cycle" function, I would not use one with a freezer.

An alternative to the Ranco and Love is the STC-1000 (often referred to as the eBay aquarium controller). It requires some user assembly (ie: wiring) but it provides all the bells and whistles to control a freezer and it is way cheaper than either of the models you listed.

Added Bonus: there's a long running thread on how folks have set their STC-1K controllers up - including collar mounting...

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/ebay-aquarium-temp-controller-build-163849/

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+1 on the STC-1000. I use three (fermenter chamber, lagering freezer and keezer). They are inexpensive, yet very effective.
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Those look interesting. Can they display in Fahrenheit as well or just Celsius?

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Because the Ranco controllers do not provide any kind of "anti-short-cycle" function, I would not use one with a freezer.

An alternative to the Ranco and Love is the STC-1000 (often referred to as the eBay aquarium controller). It requires some user assembly (ie: wiring) but it provides all the bells and whistles to control a freezer and it is way cheaper than either of the models you listed.

Added Bonus: there's a long running thread on how folks have set their STC-1K controllers up - including collar mounting...

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/ebay-aquarium-temp-controller-build-163849/

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If it's set correctly a Ranco controller will work on a freezer.
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Whatever. With the availability of superior controllers for a third of the cost I for one could not recommend the Ranco series (even though I own a single stage model which manages a cold season ferm chamber)...

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Whatever. With the availability of superior controllers for a third of the cost I for one could not recommend the Ranco series (even though I own a single stage model which manages a cold season ferm chamber)...

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I like the Ranco because it's dual stage and you can find them pre-wired.
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Those look interesting. Can they display in Fahrenheit as well or just Celsius?
Just Celsius. I keep a *C/*F cheat sheet taped to the side of the outlet box, but over time, I've come to use it less and less.
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Those look interesting. Can they display in Fahrenheit as well or just Celsius?
As mentioned, the STC-1000 is celcius only. There's a slightly different model that looks the same as the STC-1000, but is single stage and reads in °F. I have one for my keezer, and two in the control panel for my HERMS. Only reason I bought them is that at the time they were cheaper than the STC-1000, and for those purposes I don't need dual stage control. These days the STC-1000 is generally cheaper.

For my ferm chamber where I need dual stage control and use an STC-1000, I just printed out a °C to °F conversion chart and taped it to the fridge. Like BigFloyd said, after a while you won't even need it.
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I just bought the same ranco your looking at.10 minute wire up,simple as pie.Set to 32 deg.Works like a champ $45 cant beat it.

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