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Old 01-08-2012, 07:49 PM   #1
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It's just a mini fridge I found on craigslist for $35 yesterday. I cleaned it up today and cut out the plastic panel on the inside of the door so I can close it with my fermentation bucket inside. I plan on keeping it in my garage, so I still have figure out the best way to get some heat inside it so I can brew in the winter. I still have to get a temp controller. Any suggestions on what temp controller to use, and what's the best way to heat it during the winter?

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Old 01-08-2012, 08:54 PM   #2
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Ok, I did a little research and found out lots of people use a "110V AC Digital temperature controller + Sensor 2 Relay output thermostat" off of ebay. I just ordered one. Now I just have to figure out the best way to heat the chamber. Guess I have some more research to do, and I'm always open to suggestions.

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Old 01-08-2012, 08:59 PM   #3
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you can use an empty paint can which you can buy at any home improvement store and screw a light bulb base into the lid, this will heat the inside very well. I use one with a 40w light bulb for my 8cu. ft. deep freezer which I use as a fermentation chamber and it works well.

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A simple tungsten lightbulb will work, but as the previous poster mentions you have to be careful with the light exposure.

Lizard heating stones work great for this application and they can fit into a standard light bulb socket.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0002A...6060412&sr=8-1

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I was planning on just using a 110v, 120mm fan attached to the side to draw warmer air in.

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For heat, you can use a cheap hair dryer. Built in fan is a bonus, less DIY, though it may look kind of cheesy.

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you can use an empty paint can which you can buy at any home improvement store and screw a light bulb base into the lid, this will heat the inside very well. I use one with a 40w light bulb for my 8cu. ft. deep freezer which I use as a fermentation chamber and it works well.
I work part time at Home Depot and may be able to pick one up free, but I'm not sure it would fit in the fridge with the bucket in there. The hair dryer idea may work. I'll have to see if my wife has an old one she doesn't use any more.
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Stopped by the pet store today and picked up a 25ft reptile heater cable for $10. I still have to figure out how I am going to use it in the chamber, but I'm sure I can think of something.

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incandescent light bulbs don't produce ultra violet light so thats not a worry. A coffee can as a shield and a light bulb would work. its smaller than a paint can and in a small apartment frig a 25 watt bulb would be plenty of heat.

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incandescent light bulbs don't produce ultra violet light so thats not a worry. A coffee can as a shield and a light bulb would work. its smaller than a paint can and in a small apartment frig a 25 watt bulb would be plenty of heat.
Friend has his setup like that. I'm thinking of doing the same, if the heating cable doesn't work out.
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