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Old 11-30-2012, 09:43 PM   #71
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:42 AM   #72
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Just an FYI: I noticed that if you disconnect the speed control unit from the fan, it will run slower. That may be helpful for smaller starters.

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Old 12-10-2012, 12:56 AM   #73
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After reading this thread last week, I immediately went to Amazon and purchased the Thermaltake usb fan unit and I couldn't be happier.

I completely removed the fan shroud and the speed control knob. The fan was attached to the base of the box using double sided sticky tape. I used the box that my RAZR Maxx came in for the case. I punched a hole in the box for the speed control knob to stick through and just used a bit of crazy glue on the back side to hold everything in place. I punched another hole out the back for the power cable.




The washer the hard drive magnet is attached to is held to the fan by double sided sticky tape. I used it with a 1" stir bar to whip up my last 1L batch of starter and it worked great!


Even on low, this DYI stir plate has no problem creating a vortex.



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Old 12-10-2012, 06:00 PM   #74
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My stir bar is rolling rather than spinning. I'm using one magnet from a hard drive and a 2" stir bar that I grabbed from the lab at work. Think the stir bar is too big? It does have a rib in the middle. It rolls around then throws the bar. Any thoughts? I'll see if they have a smaller bar tomorrow.

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Have you tried adjusting the distance between the magnet and the stir bar? I had to muck about with mine for a bit before I got it just right.

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Old 12-13-2012, 02:23 PM   #77
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Have you tried adjusting the distance between the magnet and the stir bar? I had to muck about with mine for a bit before I got it just right.

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Yeah, try adjusting the distance with shims under the flask first, to increase it, and run the fan on the slowest speed. If more distance isn't the answer, perhaps it's less.
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:41 PM   #78
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My stir bar is rolling rather than spinning. I'm using one magnet from a hard drive and a 2" stir bar that I grabbed from the lab at work. Think the stir bar is too big? It does have a rib in the middle. It rolls around then throws the bar. Any thoughts? I'll see if they have a smaller bar tomorrow.
If you have another HD magnet, try putting it on top of the one you already have on the fan. This worked wonders for me. I don't know if it was the increased magnetic field or the reduction in distance between the bar and the magnet, or both. Either way, I don't through my bar anymore.
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The other thing I did was to slip two O-rings onto the stir bar. I'm not sure if that played any part in getting it to spin properly. It sure is quiet now though. :-)

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I figured it out. I wasn't letting the magnet and the stir bar align before turning on the fan. I also grabbed a smaller stir bar which works much better.

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