I read through many threads last night trying to find what others have done with their fermentation chambers but I didn't find exactly the information I needed.
This chamber will live in the garage where the temps. can range from ~95 F. in the summer to ~32 F. sometimes in the winter. My question mainly has to do with running cables into the freezer unit (It's a GE 14.8') and where/how to place extra power for heating and cooling.
I successfully drilled through the compressor hump without damaging any hidden coolant lines. Right now the hole is just big enough to fit a Ranco temperature probe through it.
- Should I make this hole bigger so I can run a power cable though it? I've seen photos of other people doing this and I thought it would be a good idea to place a power-strip inside the freezer unit for a heating unit and a fan.
- Should I get a single or dual stage temperature controller? I already have a single stage temp. controller but will a dual stage be a better? I don't mind reprogramming the controller each season if that's all that's involved to go from cooling to heating mode.
- Where should I place the various parts? I know the temperature probe should obviously be inside the chamber. Should the temp. controller also be inside the chamber or should I mount this externally?
- Is there anything else that I've missed? Any other suggestions from experienced fermentation chamber owners?
Any advice would be appreciated.