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Old 02-19-2010, 06:04 PM   #1
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Ok, so most here seem to have the issue of cooling with respect to their ferm chambers and that seems to be a pretty common topic with a multitude of methods to deal with it.

But, I have a cold basement in the winter that is only BORDERLINE within Ale ferm temps.

How do people heat their ferm chambers and does anyone have a dual-mode ferm chamber that can heat or cool (with a controller than handles 2 outputs and hysteresis)?

Heat therapy pads? Space heaters (not looking for a fire hazard!)? other?

I am sure there are some totally obvious solutions I am missing, so what are they?

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Old 02-19-2010, 06:09 PM   #2
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I use a small cube space heater (personal sized?). You can use reptile lamps (heat no light). Many are using a Love TSS2-2100 or Ranco temp controller for hot & cold. Depending upon how well insulated your chamber is, you might be able to just use a light bulb with something to cover your fermenter if clear to prevent hop skunking.

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Old 02-19-2010, 06:11 PM   #3
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I've been thinking about a ferm chamber, and have mainly thought the heat off of a normal incandescent bulb would work..

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Old 02-19-2010, 06:25 PM   #4
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I'm in the process of planning this out as well. I like the idea of building a 2 stage temp controller (found here, but was struggling with what to use for the heating as well. I thought about a small heat lamp but again I am worried about a fire hazard as well. Then the cooling part would be taken care of by a mini fridge with the door removed attached to the end of the chamber.

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Old 02-19-2010, 06:29 PM   #5
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I'm in the process of planning this out as well. I like the idea of building a 2 stage temp controller (found here, but was struggling with what to use for the heating as well. I thought about a small heat lamp but again I am worried about a fire hazard as well. Then the cooling part would be taken care of by a mini fridge with the door removed attached to the end of the chamber.
Yeah, i think the cooling part (reusing a condenser unit of some kind) is pretty well covered and the scale just depends on the size of said chamber.

But, for heating, a couple ideas I thought about were heat pads (like an old therapeutic heat pad) sammiched between a few bricks, or space heater.

Why use a light source in a ferm chamber? How do you shield the incandescent light from the chamber while still circulating enough heat to control the chamber?
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Check out the link in my sig to the ferm chamber. It is two stage with a heater, parts list, and how-to.

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Yeah, i think the cooling part (reusing a condenser unit of some kind) is pretty well covered and the scale just depends on the size of said chamber.

But, for heating, a couple ideas I thought about were heat pads (like an old therapeutic heat pad) sammiched between a few bricks, or space heater.

Why use a light source in a ferm chamber? How do you shield the incandescent light from the chamber while still circulating enough heat to control the chamber?

Yeah, I'm not fond of the light idea either, bt wasn't sure if a heating pad would give off enough heat. But with a good seal and the area is small enough, a heating pad could be optimal. Hmmm...
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Check out the link in my sig to the ferm chamber. It is two stage with a heater, parts list, and how-to.
Thanks Boerderij. I have considered something like this but my real goal is to do a walk-in cooler behind my (fictitious/fantasy) bar so I can run the taps right through the walls. My wife keeps reminding me that it is WELL off in the distance before any of that happens, so I suppose I should be keeping it simple for now.

That little radiant heat guy should just about do the trick. Doesn't look as dangerous as the old portable ceramic one I have laying around. I may try the heat pad version first since I have an old one that has been replaced lying around.
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I use a 40watt incandescent light bulb

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Check out the link in my sig to the ferm chamber. It is two stage with a heater, parts list, and how-to.
Great thread! Did you find any problems with using that space heater in the long run?
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