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Old 01-27-2011, 02:09 AM   #1
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I came across this through Hackaday.com. This guy, Mike, built a temp controller to convert a chest freezer into a fridge. I thought this could prove to be useful for someone. He sells kits and completed models (which seem pretty pricey). If you scroll down the page he has everything needed to make your own (parts, diagrams, source code). All you need is some basic soldering skills and the know-how to program an Atmel microcontroller. I am not selling this, haven't bought it, and haven't built it. I thought I'd throw this one out there to see where it goes. Although, my instincts tell me not far.

http://screwdecaf.cx/yatc.html

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Old 01-27-2011, 07:37 AM   #2
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I can get a digital Ranco delivered for less than $65, end of story. Plus, he has a cheesy mustache.



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Cripes....I'll just stick with my $30 chinese ebay aquarium temp controller

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Cripes....I'll just stick with my $30 chinese ebay aquarium temp controller
Is this the one you have?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...E:L:OU:US:1123

Mine was only $17. Its still on the way though from the slow boat from Hong Kong. It is listed as 230v for control though do you use yours with 110V? If I can use it for 110V I plan on swapping out my Dwyer 2 stage switch and using it in my brew setup and the aquarium controller in my fermentation chamber.

I currently need to control hot and cold in my fermentation chamber and this unit should be able to do both.
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Old 01-27-2011, 04:44 PM   #5
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Is this the one you have?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...E:L:OU:US:1123

Mine was only $17. Its still on the way though from the slow boat from Hong Kong. It is listed as 230v for control though do you use yours with 110V? If I can use it for 110V I plan on swapping out my Dwyer 2 stage switch and using it in my brew setup and the aquarium controller in my fermentation chamber.

I currently need to control hot and cold in my fermentation chamber and this unit should be able to do both.
That's the one I have, but there are both 230v and 110v versions of it. Quality_link2000, who used to be the only seller of these, will only ship 110v ones to countries with 110v household service...dunno about your seller.

Here's one of his auctions:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Mini-Digital-Tem...#ht_4185wt_881
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I thought this was the DIY forum, not the where can I buy this forum.

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I thought this was the DIY forum, not the where can I buy this forum.
Umm he said the site sells them and lists all the parts and freeware to build your own if you want. I think it fits well in the DIY.
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My kit for the YATC just arrived today... I corresponded with Mikey several times before the purchase and think the controller will do very well. Not to get preachy, but I went with his because it's an open design (open source), and I think the world needs more of that.



I'll post pics of the assembly and report back on performance once my whole rig is up and humming...

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Umm he said the site sells them and lists all the parts and freeware to build your own if you want. I think it fits well in the DIY.
Gunner. Exactly right. I definitely think that is exactly what the OP was shooting for. If only I could remember his username. Anyway, more DIY, less buying other controllers.
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Gunner. Exactly right. I definitely think that is exactly what the OP was shooting for. If only I could remember his username. Anyway, more DIY, less buying other controllers.
Doh! Thought you were attacking yourself there! Too much homebrew tonight.

I do like the open source idea.
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