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Old 09-09-2008, 08:34 PM   #1
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So I am building a kegerator out of an old freezer chest. My LBHS sells controllers for 90 bucks. There has to be less expensive controllers out there. What are some that are available? thanks

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Old 09-09-2008, 08:37 PM   #2
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Here is one, I have no experience but it was recommended to me by other brewers.

Controllers-Panel Mount And Love On/Off Temperature Controllers - Cole-Parmer Catalog

I know some others use the ranco temp controller and like it too.

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These work great, I use 2 of them. you will have to wire in the extension cord yourself, no big deal.

http://cgi.ebay.com/RANCO-ELECTRONIC...QQcmdZViewItem

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Old 09-09-2008, 09:12 PM   #4
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These work great, I use 2 of them. you will have to wire in the extension cord yourself, no big deal.

RANCO ELECTRONIC TEMPERATURE CONTROL ETC-NEMA 4 NEW - eBay (item 270272724263 end time Sep-11-08 15:54:13 PDT)
I got one of those (model 111000 though - not sure of the difference) from the ranco site wired and ready to go for $85 shipped. I can just barely get electronics plugged in, so I didn't want to wire the thing

It works great. I'm using it for my fermentation freezer, but I plan to order another for my keezer next week.
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Old 09-19-2008, 11:10 PM   #5
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any others out there?

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I've been looking at the Honeywell controllers and the Ranco ones off eBay. For the money I don't know how you could go wrong with the Ranco. I plan on buying one of thos when I get my freezer to convert.

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You might want to try (if you have the time and patience) taking a thermostat from a fridge in a junkyard and replacing the default freezer thermostat with it. It takes a bit of work and it's not pre-calibrated, but it's pretty much free. Also, most brew supply places have digital or analogue thermostats for sale (but they're a bit expensive). I got a digital thermostat made by johnson controls as a present and I wired it into my keezer.

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