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Old 02-06-2013, 04:14 AM   #231
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Old 04-06-2013, 05:35 AM   #232
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Thanks for the design and all the great info. I just found a refrigerator to use. I got my STC-1000 yesterday. I have most of the other stuff laying around. I'm wondering if anyone has tried to use an aquarium heater as the heating side of this arrangement. It is just a regular plug in heater that I thought I would turn on high and just plug it in. Will it generate enough heat to provide the warm side in a 18 cf fridge?

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Old 04-07-2013, 12:27 AM   #233
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Thanks for the design and all the great info. I just found a refrigerator to use. I got my STC-1000 yesterday. I have most of the other stuff laying around. I'm wondering if anyone has tried to use an aquarium heater as the heating side of this arrangement. It is just a regular plug in heater that I thought I would turn on high and just plug it in. Will it generate enough heat to provide the warm side in a 18 cf fridge?

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I could be wrong, but I always though that fish tank heaters are only to be used when submerged?

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Old 04-07-2013, 12:33 AM   #234
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I could be wrong, but I always though that fish tank heaters are only to be used when submerged?

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I finally took the two seconds to look that up online and you are correct. No go. That leaves me with a light bulb or a small heater.
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I use a light bulb. It works well.

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Old 04-14-2013, 10:14 PM   #236
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Just finished my build and did the initial testing. Works wonderfully. The whole thing cost me less than $30 since I had a few of the parts laying around. I used a deep double gang box from home depot that required no cutting at all. Plugged in the refrigerator and light and all seems well. Trying a couple of temperature changes and watching it over time. Still need to finish the heat lamp setup as I am just using a clip on light for now. Just a test, not fermenting.

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any issues using a light bulb given that it promotes algae growth? Keeping beer out of the light like a vampire seems to be a common suggestion.

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any issues using a light bulb given that it promotes algae growth? Keeping beer out of the light like a vampire seems to be a common suggestion.
Well light bulbs also put out UV light, so the "light bulb in a paint bucket" trick would work. Or just use a ceramic heat lamp.

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Or get a ceramic heater from Walmart.

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