dual stage ferm chamber heat idea - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > DIY Projects > Fermenters > dual stage ferm chamber heat idea

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 04-17-2011, 05:50 PM   #1
borealis
Recipes 
 
Jan 2010
northern new york
Posts: 109
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts



I am trying to figure out the best way to heat a fermemntation chamber made from a 7 cu ft freezer. The cooling is obviously taken care of by the freezer, but I want a consistent heat throughout the chamber. Do you think you could line the walls of the freezer with flexwatt heat tape and use a dual stage controller?

http://www.reptilebasics.com/flexwatt-heat-tape

I thought by having some of the heat tape all the way around the interior of the freezer, my carboys would receive an equal heat.
Thoughts?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2011, 06:47 PM   #2
chromados
 
chromados's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Sep 2009
Fort Collins, CO
Posts: 378
Liked 8 Times on 8 Posts


I use the same stuff (Flexwatt) in my fermentation chamber as well as all my snake racks and cages. Its is great stuff and as long as you use it correctly it is very very safe. It does not use much wattage either what is nice. One good thing to have is a small fan in the chamber to move the air around some while it is on.

Rich at RBI is a great guy and should answer any questions you would have.


Chromados

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2011, 06:54 PM   #3
Hammy71
Senior Member
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
Hammy71's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Sep 2008
, Maryland, The Tax Me State
Posts: 5,899
Liked 531 Times on 404 Posts


I use a fermwrap that's made to wrap around a carboy. I tywrapped it along the back of the fermentation fridge and it keeps the ambient temperature in the whole chamber just fine with a fan and a controller.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2011, 11:02 PM   #4
mikemoss
Recipes 
 
Nov 2010
Lawrence, Kansas
Posts: 18

Space heater???

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2011, 01:33 AM   #5
timbudtwo
Recipes 
 
Jan 2008
San Ramon, CA
Posts: 326
Liked 11 Times on 11 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by mikemoss View Post
Space heater???

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2011, 01:42 AM   #6
Reelale
Recipes 
 
Sep 2009
Posts: 17,765
Liked 1374 Times on 1332 Posts


I use this. http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=3716152 It's 50W spread out over 23'. I serpentine it along 2 walls of my fermenation chamber and use a 2-stage controller. Works well for me.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2011, 04:15 AM   #7
kegtoe
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
kegtoe's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Sep 2009
Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Posts: 1,200
Liked 18 Times on 17 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by timbudtwo View Post
when was that taken? Like space heaters havent changed in the last 30 years????? they are much safer than they used to be.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2011, 04:32 AM   #8
doctorsbro
Recipes 
 
Mar 2011
council bluffs, iowa
Posts: 174
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by kegtoe View Post
when was that taken? Like space heaters havent changed in the last 30 years????? they are much safer than they used to be.
not really, they do have the overheat thermal shutdown but still, if it gets knocked over its still plenty hot enough to start a fire, id never put one anywhere in my house........

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2011, 04:46 AM   #9
iaefebs
Registered User
Recipes 
 
Aug 2010
West Coast, MI
Posts: 2,670
Liked 245 Times on 177 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by kegtoe View Post
when was that taken? Like space heaters havent changed in the last 30 years?????
Of course they've changed in the last 30 years... now they are all made in China. Much safer.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2011, 05:12 AM   #10
kegtoe
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
kegtoe's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Sep 2009
Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Posts: 1,200
Liked 18 Times on 17 Posts


lots are ceramic not the old tube or coil systems. lots when shut down, tip over dont retain a lot off heat. i'm not saying they don't have their problems, im just saying its not 1980s technology anymore. its all how you use them.

It's like wiring 240v 1500w elements directly into liquid systems! does that mean anyone who does it is going to get electricuted - not hardly. Many of us do it but we are aware of the dangers and reduce eliminate all the hazards.

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
ferm chamber idea JoshuaWhite5522 Fermenters 7 08-09-2010 11:43 AM
Dual Stage Love Control Programming theron DIY Projects 7 07-16-2010 10:30 PM
Dual-zone fermentation chamber jaydub Fermenters 8 06-21-2010 05:12 PM
Dual stage ranco help... homie072001 Brew Stands 2 02-08-2010 03:26 AM
Love TSS2 Dual Stage Temp Controller neo82087 Brew Stands 7 01-28-2010 11:07 PM


Forum Jump