Originally Posted by Weezknight
I don't use a cooler with my aquarium heater. I just opted for the same Rubbermaid tub that I normally store my carboy/ale pails in. Seems to work nicely.
Make sure you run some tests with the heater, as well. The heater is designed to bring the water to a certain degree above ambient (based on the heater's wattage). Then your fermenting beer will arrive at another temperature based on the water bath. It took me 2 full batches to figure out how to get the temperature I needed based on all the different temps.
Thank you for your input! I have a couple rubbermaid tubs that would work, but being cheap, and needing a HLT, I figured I would try the cooler.
I was thinking about using an external temp control, ranco, johnson, etc.
I think I will take a small tape measurer to Walmart and measure cooler. Thanks again!