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Old 06-12-2013, 01:36 PM   #3621
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ok, i also found a fan w a heat sink...can i put this whole thing inside the fridge box, or does the heat sink need to be outside, to dissipate the heat?

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Old 06-12-2013, 01:40 PM   #3622
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Brewcephus, i was thinking for the light, you would just plug it in to the always on, and have the switch where the door closes, so it pushes it when it closes and pops up when open. It would be separate from everything else. Am i wrong?

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Old 06-12-2013, 03:24 PM   #3623
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Brewcephus, i was thinking for the light, you would just plug it in to the always on, and have the switch where the door closes, so it pushes it when it closes and pops up when open. It would be separate from everything else. Am i wrong?
That sounds like it would absolutely work. That's pretty much how a refrigerator light works anyway.
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Old 06-19-2013, 03:00 AM   #3624
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Can one of these be used to regulate heat? I have a 275 gallon oil tank I use as a smoker. I have been wanting to automate the temp regulation for awhile I've thinking of using an air mattress pump I have and one of these to turn it on and off as needed to maintain temps?

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Old 06-19-2013, 04:20 AM   #3625
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Can one of these be used to regulate heat? I have a 275 gallon oil tank I use as a smoker. I have been wanting to automate the temp regulation for awhile I've thinking of using an air mattress pump I have and one of these to turn it on and off as needed to maintain temps?
They can regulate heat, but I think they only operate up to 99C, which is a bit low for most BBQ. You might be able to adjust the probe calibration to cheat the temp up a little, 10C IIRC, but at that point you might start running into issues with the temp rating of the probe.
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:58 AM   #3626
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These are always dual stage controllers? So there is always a cold and a heat? I just need to keep my freezer at a certain fridge temp. But i would like additional outlets so i can plug in a fan (on all the time)...and i want to plug in a light, with an auto switch, so it only turns on when i open door
anyone can help me ?
This might be off topic for this thread as it doesn't use a external box, but I wired my STC 1000 to take the place of the thermostat in the fridge, so the light still works as normal. All you need to do ( with an old analog refrigerator) is find an "always hot" wire to power the STC 1000, and remove the original thermostat and wire the cold relay contacts in its place. This also requires building in the unit, but it looks better that way.
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:47 AM   #3627
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Did anyone use, or think of using a 3-position rocker switch in order to bypass the temp controller? I have a spare refrigerator that I'd like to use as a fermentation chamber when I'm fermenting, but I'd also like to use it as a regular refrigerator when I'm not. Instead of unplugging things all of the time, I'd like to have the rocker switch power straight to the receptacle in the 1st "on" position, and send power through the temp controller in the 2nd "on" position, while still being able to power everything off in the middle position. I found a 3-position mini rocker switch rated for 15amp/250v. Do you think this would work?

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Old 06-19-2013, 11:55 AM   #3628
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It sounds like it would, but why? I've used my kegerator to ferment in. I just adjust the temp to my desired and pull the kegs out for a couple days. The temp controller goes back to kegerator temps after I pull the fermenters out. No need to unplug anything and you'll have a more accurate temp control when you're using it as a refrigerator. Even build it straight in to the door if you want.

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Old 06-19-2013, 04:25 PM   #3629
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It sounds like it would, but why? I've used my kegerator to ferment in. I just adjust the temp to my desired and pull the kegs out for a couple days. The temp controller goes back to kegerator temps after I pull the fermenters out. No need to unplug anything and you'll have a more accurate temp control when you're using it as a refrigerator. Even build it straight in to the door if you want.
Yeah, there is no unplugging for me. I just hold settings, then hit the arrows to my desired temp and then hit power. Done.
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Yeah, there is no unplugging for me. I just hold settings, then hit the arrows to my desired temp and then hit power. Done.
This is a refrigerator/freezer combo (a regular standup refrigerator). With the temp controller, the freezer would essentially be a waste. So, being able to bypass the temp controller to use the thermostats that are built into the refrigerator would be ideal during times when I'm not fermenting.
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