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Old 11-11-2012, 09:04 PM   #1
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Someone please help! This shoul dbe easy but i am finding it to be ridiculously difficult to find a solution for a fermentation heater to put in my chest freezer for winter.

I have a Johnson Controls temperature controller so I just need a 70-80 watt heat sourse. I tried a heating pad but did not work since it has a reset switch that shuts off every 10 mins of so.

Tried 12' long heat trace from Home Depot....but has a thermostat on it that requires temp to be 40F before it turns on.

WTF...this should be easy..I know a lightbulb would be perfect but I am worried about the light in the fermenter..

I am looking for a simple off the shelf solution to this....there has to be something out there I can just buy and plug into my temp controller and valoi!

Thanks!

Mike


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Old 11-11-2012, 09:07 PM   #2
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Drill a hole in a paint can and put the light bulb in the can... plenty of heat without the light.

I think I'm gonna put two bulbs in mine in case one burns out while I'm not looking.


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Old 11-11-2012, 10:16 PM   #3
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Ahhh.....paint can and lid from home depot.....mount lightbulb in lid part......and bingo!
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:28 PM   #4
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I use a "my heat" personal ceramic heater. It's about 8 inches tall and has all kinds of safety features built in. Costs about 15 bucks at the Walmart or Home Depot.
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Old 11-11-2012, 11:19 PM   #5
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I use a lightbulb with the same setup you have, just throw a t-shirt over my Carboy.

 
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Old 11-11-2012, 11:34 PM   #6
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cheap hairdryer on a low setting... Will move the air in the chamber too

 
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:03 AM   #7
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Awesome .....thanks for responses!!!
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:00 AM   #8
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I use a "my heat" personal ceramic heater. It's about 8 inches tall and has all kinds of safety features built in. Costs about 15 bucks at the Walmart or Home Depot.
+1 to this, I looked at several solutions and in my opinion this was the easiest and most cost effective. Cost was a about 12 bucks at Wal-Mart. Thought about the hair dryer but the wattage is a bit high in my opinion. Didn't want to mess with the paint can and bulb solution when I could buy something already done for $12.00.

 
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:27 AM   #9
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Yeah I like this MY Heat heater idea....gonna stop at Wally World tomorrow......thanks guys!
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Old 11-12-2012, 04:26 AM   #10
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So does this my heat work well. I got a cheap little one like this at target and it keeps shutting off and not coming back on. I have to unplug it for a while then it starts working again. Not good for a fermentation chamber.



 
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