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Old 10-31-2011, 12:47 PM   #1
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Hi, I noticed that not many people use the ebay temp controller with their RIMS system. Would there be an issue with me using this cheap controller to operate a 110V gas solenoid by placing the stock probe into a heat-shielded thermowell?

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Old 10-31-2011, 01:12 PM   #2
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Google searched ebay temp controller:
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827,000 results
Maybe you could say which one you are referring to?



 
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Old 10-31-2011, 05:48 PM   #3
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/All-purpose-...ht_6418wt_1037

this type?

 
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Old 10-31-2011, 05:56 PM   #4
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The ebay controller should work the same as a LOVE or similar, and those are used for running gas solenoids, so I don't see why not.

As for protecting the sensor - I'm not sure. You could probably encase it in a thermowell...or try just dropping it into the hot water, (it IS meant for an aquarium, after all...).
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Old 10-31-2011, 07:44 PM   #5
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As with all gas control. just because it CAN run by itself, doesn't mean it's safe to walk away from it for any length of time.

 
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Old 10-31-2011, 08:03 PM   #6
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The problem with those controllers is that they use a thermistor probe and are really slow to respond to temp changes,
for a RIMS use a RTD probe, K-type at least

 
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Old 12-10-2011, 08:09 PM   #7
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The problem with those controllers is that they use a thermistor probe and are really slow to respond to temp changes,
for a RIMS use a RTD probe, K-type at least
can you hook up a different probe to the eBay controller?

 
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Old 12-12-2011, 05:16 PM   #8
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No they only can use a thermistor, a real pid is your best bet like a Aurber,Love, Johnson stc.

 
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Old 12-12-2011, 06:09 PM   #9
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I use two of them in the control panel of my gas fired HERMS. One controls the HLT burner, and the other controls the pump. I use the slightly cheaper single stage units that read in fahrenheit, and they have nice round SS probes, as opposed to the oval rubber probes on the STC-1000. They fit snugly inside 1/4" od copper, which makes for cheap and easy thermowells. They might not be ideal, but they work well enough for me.

 
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Old 12-20-2011, 07:34 AM   #10
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I use two of them in the control panel of my gas fired HERMS. One controls the HLT burner, and the other controls the pump. I use the slightly cheaper single stage units that read in fahrenheit, and they have nice round SS probes, as opposed to the oval rubber probes on the STC-1000. They fit snugly inside 1/4" od copper, which makes for cheap and easy thermowells. They might not be ideal, but they work well enough for me.
Can you post a link to the 'slightly cheaper single stage units'?



 
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