As one of the reviewers notes, and I forgot to add, the pictured model is the 5 sq. ft. version. I saw this version at the store as well so I know that the picture is extremely unhelpful. I'll have to upload a pic when it arrives.
The 7.2 cu. ft. version that I purchased had free shipping as well.
I'll look for the ranco controller to compare prices. I've found the Johnson for about $90, but was hoping to find something similar for slightly less $ if possible.
On hand or fermenting
Oud Bruin /vanilla
Pre prohibition Cream Ale
Mexican Stout in BB