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Old 07-20-2011, 06:31 AM   #21
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Nice mod Wildwest.

I actually just orderred the Stir Starter a couple days ago as my DIY unit has a failing fan and I didn't have the time to tinker with it right now. So now I know I can improve it as well.

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Old 12-30-2011, 11:19 PM   #22
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Stir plate question: In the style in this picture, does it matter whether same or different poles are facing up on the magnets?


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Old 12-31-2011, 04:43 AM   #23
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Stir plate question: In the style in this picture, does it matter whether same or different poles are facing up on the magnets?
You want to alternate their orientation so that one has north up and one has south up. That way the north end of your stir bar hooks up well with the south on your stir plate. Likewise, the south end of your stir bar will hook up with the north on your plate.
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Old 12-31-2011, 04:55 PM   #24
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You want to alternate their orientation so that one has north up and one has south up. That way the north end of your stir bar hooks up well with the south on your stir plate. Likewise, the south end of your stir bar will hook up with the north on your plate.
Thank you!
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Old 01-01-2012, 03:23 AM   #25
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I just so happen to have (2) HUGE 3/4"x1/4" round Neo magnets! I bought a 5000ml flask today... looks like all I need left to do is make a trip to radio shack and the cigar shop!
I also need to source a stir bar... any suggestion as to what size I should get?
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I did this mod too and now I'm having the same issue others have reported. Stirplate sounds louder now - because the magnets are scraping the inside of the top cover. The motor runs for a bit and then stops. Can anyone share pics/notes about how they raised the cover? Thanks!
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Old 01-30-2012, 07:18 PM   #27
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epateddy;

did you get an answer from anyone? If so would you mind posting it here?
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I didn't but the fix was pretty easy. I took a thin (1/4") piece of plywood and traced the outside profile of the stir plate on it. I cut that out and then cut out a smaller rectangle inside this piece of plywood. Then you mark the screw holes from the stir plate cover on the plywood. Then put the plywood between the cover and the stir plate body and screw it together. Not the best looking solution (I suppose you could paint the plywood to match the stir plate cover if you want) but it works. Raises the cover just enough to allow the magnets to spin without touching the cover when you have the weight of the starter on top.

Hope that helped.


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