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Old 02-11-2012, 12:54 AM   #1
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Hat do you guys use for a heating element in your fermentation chambers... I'm using a eBay controller.

I've heard everything from a 10 dollar space heater to a hairdryer. What is SAFE to put in there?

I'm using a mini fridge if it matters

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Old 02-11-2012, 12:58 AM   #2
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I use the lightbulb in a paint can method. Works great.

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Old 02-11-2012, 12:58 AM   #3
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Safe is relative.

I work for a property restoration company, so I've seen all manner of retarded ideas fail and burn homes down.

I personally use a stand up freezer, wired to a temperature controller, with a reptile ceramic light and a small desk fan to recirculate the air, and the loudest smoke detector I can buy mounted over the top. I don't like space heaters, and I like the idea of a hair dryer but I wanted constant recirculation of air in the fermentation chamber.

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I use the lightbulb in a paint can method. Works great.
What is this? Do you have a picture?
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Old 02-11-2012, 01:00 AM   #5
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What is this? Do you have a picture?
You rig a light socket inside the chamber, put in a light bulb, and cover it with a coffee can or similar. The heat from the bulb warms the chamber, and the can prevents any light from from hitting your fermentation vessel.
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Old 02-11-2012, 01:27 AM   #6
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I like these heat emitters for reptile tanks. THey put out no light, just pure heat. Get the smallest one that you can find though (50-75 Watts) to keep them from over-warming the ferm chamber and kicking on the freezer.

http://www.amazon.com/Zoo-Med-ReptiCare-Ceramic-Infrared/dp/B0002AQCPK/ref=sr_1_3?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1328927164&sr=1-3

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I am using a reptile heater like the one above. They work really well. I have the 60 watt version and it does a great job. It doesn't get super hot. I mounted it on a block of wood for stability. Just keep any plastic a few inches away and you'll be fine.

I tried the paint can and light bulb, but I like the reptile heater much better.

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Check out the plans on wortomatic.com

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

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/ebay-aquarium-temp-controller-build-163849/index230.html


Some guys are using a meat dehydrator too, this way you have heat and fan.
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