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Old 09-08-2011, 11:10 PM   #1
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Default Just scored a nice fermentation chamber

14 year old upright 17 cubic foot freezer for $36.. In 'like new' condition...

So now I need a controller for it.. Want a built in digital 'Love' style... Want the cheapest possible that will do the job... Just want to control the cooling side for now.. I can add more controllers later for heating blankets (unless it's the same price or a 'little' more to get one with that control capability now)...

On the Love site, there are a bunch of models... Don't know which one to get..

So I need some suggestions... The temp range will be so that I can use it for everything from chilling/conditioning kegs, to fermenting lagers, to fermenting ales... heck, even as a freezer if needed would be nice...

Just need it to control the existing freezer compressor for now...

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also, can I use the existing freezer temperature probe, or do I have to buy a new one? If I have to buy a new one, what do I look for?

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Is 'this' the one I need? Or is there another option that is better suited or cheaper?



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I think the TS is what most people order for cooling. The TSS2 does both cooling and heating for only a few dollars more. You will need a new probe. The TS comes with a probe. If you go with the TSS2 you will need to order a probe ($6 I think)

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i used the ebay one, i have one of my keezer and one on my fermentation freezer. They are cheap, work well, and are 2 stage so 1 unit for both heating and cooling. If you go that route just make sure you are getting a 110v one and not a 220v as both are available.

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i used the ebay one, i have one of my keezer and one on my fermentation freezer. They are cheap, work well, and are 2 stage so 1 unit for both heating and cooling. If you go that route just make sure you are getting a 110v one and not a 220v as both are available.
Do you have a link to the one you are talking about?
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don't discount modifying the on-board controller to change the temp. there is a complete thread on it. might be worth a shot if you want to try saving the money.
not sure how to link to the thread but i am sure you can find it easy enough.

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don't discount modifying the on-board controller to change the temp. there is a complete thread on it. might be worth a shot if you want to try saving the money.
not sure how to link to the thread but i am sure you can find it easy enough.

Good score by the way!
That would be a great short term answer.. Now I just need to know the name of the thread....
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"Guide to set internal chest freezer thermostat to >32F; Eliminate external control"

check this out.

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here ya go. $25 bucks, wires up just like a love, i have 2 of these and they work great. The only downside is they are celsius only, but i just printed up a little conversion chart.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mini-Digital...item2c5a19c2d2

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