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Old 01-30-2012, 11:41 PM   #2291
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So I attempted to skim through this thread to find out what everyone is using for the heating side?? My basement is cooler that i would like 60F and want something be able to ramp my temps once primary is done.

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Old 01-30-2012, 11:59 PM   #2292
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That's exactly what I did. I used a quart sized paint can and had to cut off a lot of the plastic lamp assembly (I didn't use the pancake box either). It's a really tight fit, and the lid doesn't go on all the way, but it heats really well!


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Old 01-31-2012, 12:20 AM   #2293
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That's exactly what I did. I used a quart sized paint can and had to cut off a lot of the plastic lamp assembly (I didn't use the pancake box either). It's a really tight fit, and the lid doesn't go on all the way, but it heats really well!
Awesome... Is there not anything that a home brewer hasnt thought of and built!!! Outstanding!!
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Old 01-31-2012, 12:43 AM   #2294
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So I attempted to skim through this thread to find out what everyone is using for the heating side?? My basement is cooler that i would like 60F and want something be able to ramp my temps once primary is done.

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ReptiHeat Cable - 50 watt. 23 feet long, the first 6 1/2 feet does not produce heat. Made by Zoo Med Laboratories, Inc.
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Old 01-31-2012, 03:17 AM   #2295
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I am not positive, but I have seen an EE error when my temperature probe was not attached. Is it possible that your temperature probe got disconnected or damaged in some way?

I forgot to mention we replaced the probe and receptacle and no change.
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Old 01-31-2012, 03:36 AM   #2296
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That's exactly what I did. I used a quart sized paint can and had to cut off a lot of the plastic lamp assembly (I didn't use the pancake box either). It's a really tight fit, and the lid doesn't go on all the way, but it heats really well!
Do you by chance get a terrible smell from the paint can? The only thing I can think of is the heat is melting the lining of the can.
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Old 01-31-2012, 03:41 AM   #2297
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Do you by chance get a terrible smell from the paint can? The only thing I can think of is the heat is melting the lining of the can.
Yeah, there's a weird smell from it, but I haven't taken the bulb out to really look at it. I'll check it out and report back.
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I went out and got a ceramic reptile heater from Petco. Just get one of their 150 watt clamp-on light fixtrures and away you go. I have been able to hold at 66 in a relatively large chamber (5X3X3) with 11 gallons of beer pretty steady.
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Yeah, there's a weird smell from it, but I haven't taken the bulb out to really look at it. I'll check it out and report back.
There's no signs of melting or anything yet. I've only been using it a couple days though.
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Does anyone have the transformers to change a 220 to a 110?? Please send me a message and I will gladly pay whatever is fair.


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