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Old 04-17-2011, 05:50 PM   #1
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I am trying to figure out the best way to heat a fermemntation chamber made from a 7 cu ft freezer. The cooling is obviously taken care of by the freezer, but I want a consistent heat throughout the chamber. Do you think you could line the walls of the freezer with flexwatt heat tape and use a dual stage controller?

http://www.reptilebasics.com/flexwatt-heat-tape

I thought by having some of the heat tape all the way around the interior of the freezer, my carboys would receive an equal heat.
Thoughts?

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Old 04-17-2011, 06:47 PM   #2
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I use the same stuff (Flexwatt) in my fermentation chamber as well as all my snake racks and cages. Its is great stuff and as long as you use it correctly it is very very safe. It does not use much wattage either what is nice. One good thing to have is a small fan in the chamber to move the air around some while it is on.

Rich at RBI is a great guy and should answer any questions you would have.


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Old 04-17-2011, 06:54 PM   #3
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I use a fermwrap that's made to wrap around a carboy. I tywrapped it along the back of the fermentation fridge and it keeps the ambient temperature in the whole chamber just fine with a fan and a controller.

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Old 04-17-2011, 11:02 PM   #4
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Space heater???

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Old 04-18-2011, 01:33 AM   #5
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I use this. http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3716152 It's 50W spread out over 23'. I serpentine it along 2 walls of my fermenation chamber and use a 2-stage controller. Works well for me.

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Old 04-18-2011, 04:15 AM   #7
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when was that taken? Like space heaters havent changed in the last 30 years????? they are much safer than they used to be.
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when was that taken? Like space heaters havent changed in the last 30 years????? they are much safer than they used to be.
not really, they do have the overheat thermal shutdown but still, if it gets knocked over its still plenty hot enough to start a fire, id never put one anywhere in my house........
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Old 04-18-2011, 04:46 AM   #9
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when was that taken? Like space heaters havent changed in the last 30 years?????
Of course they've changed in the last 30 years... now they are all made in China. Much safer.
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lots are ceramic not the old tube or coil systems. lots when shut down, tip over dont retain a lot off heat. i'm not saying they don't have their problems, im just saying its not 1980s technology anymore. its all how you use them.

It's like wiring 240v 1500w elements directly into liquid systems! does that mean anyone who does it is going to get electricuted - not hardly. Many of us do it but we are aware of the dangers and reduce eliminate all the hazards.

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