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Old 07-03-2012, 04:52 PM   #1
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Default Heat source for fermentation chamber

I'm in the process of converting a chest freezer to a fermentation chamber. The dual stage temperature controller, stc-1000, is enroute. I'm
Trying to compile everything so when it gets ere I can just plug everything into it and roll.

I did a pretty thorough search of the site looking for heating ideas. I've seen people use reptile lamps, lamps with aluminum foil, heated blankets, special brew pads, ceramic heating fans etc.

My question is what's the best and what's the safest? What are other people using?



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Old 07-03-2012, 05:11 PM   #2
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i built in a light bulb and covered it with a metal can, its does the job for me. Although i just use a mini fridge. maybe more lights would work for you?



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Old 07-03-2012, 05:18 PM   #3
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I used a Reptile heat cable. My ferm chamber fits 3 buckets and I wanted the heat evenly distributed throughout the whole chamebr instead of just coming from one end. I do think any of the ideas would work though. The light bulb in a paint can was my second option.

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I use a 1000 watt heater that has a small footprint, its own circuit breaker, and a fan that helps to distribute heat.

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Duplicate....stinking phone.

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Old 07-04-2012, 12:00 AM   #6
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Thanks for the reply's! Definitely some good ideas.

Any thoughts on these 2 items? One's a black heat emitting bulb and the other is ceramic. I'll combine them with the evadry to get the free shipping.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001VH4TT4/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002DIAXY/ref=gno_cart_title_2

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I finally found this link. I saw people talking about this in other threads but was unsure what exactly they were talking about.

Bulb in a paint can,

http://brewstands.com/fermentation-heater.html

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I finally found this link. I saw people talking about this in other threads but was unsure what exactly they were talking about.

Bulb in a paint can,

http://brewstands.com/fermentation-heater.html
I'm not trying to discourage DIY, or even DIY electrical. But, if you choose to build the above DIY, please be careful. As shown, it is a relatively dangerous item.

The plastic fixture is not likely rated for this type of installation. The enclosed bulb will result in a build up of heat, which could easily melt the plastic fixture and compromise the electrical connections. The cord is not grounded and is unprotected as it enters the can through a sharp edged hole in the sheet metal. And finally, the metallic can is not grounded and could become energized if the fixture or cord is compromised. Touching the can while energized could result in death.

ALWAYS use a GFCI protected circuit/outlet for all your brewery tools.
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I have been using a hair dryer. Heats quickly, has its own fan and was super cheap.

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I've had good luck with this. Same stuff sold by Morebeer but you can get any length and width you want.

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



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