Originally Posted by Huaco
What else can anyone think of to use these functions for?
Have you see the Styrofoam "fermenting chambers" where you cut up a couple of pieces of Styrofoam insulate and make it into two chambers -in one you place frozen jugs of water and in the other you put your fermenter and then control the temperature in the fermenter chamber by turning on a small fan that pulls in cold air from the cold side?
-The new fan feature would certainly work in one of these but if you're going to go to all the effort of getting a temp controller you should probably just save your pennies for an old mini fridge...
It's another use, anyway.
The Barbequeue guys often have smokers where the meat is in a separate chamber from the smoke and a fan pulls in the hot smokey air to keep the temp in the "meat chamber" at a specific programmed temp. -These guys normally use full PID controllers that support the "ramp and soak" feature so that can put the meat through multiple rests sort of like a step mash, but a WAY cheaper way to go would be to just use one of these and set a specific temperature.
Glass kilns need to control temperature in a similar manner and if what you're doing just needs a simple single temperature or you want manual control you could use one of these with an appropriately sized SSR and go nuts.
Some of the coffee aficionados also want close control of temps and have used PIDs in the past; again this is a cheaper alternative is a single temp is ok or you don't mind manual control.