So I really like the concept behind Gabrew's Apartment Toolbox e-BIAB.
I don't like the whole pump next to all the electronics thing though...
So I was thinking of starting with something like this:
Kettle sits on top up the whole thing with some sort of insulating mat underneath to keep heat from convecting downward.
Electronics go in the large cabinet at the top of the unit. Either a PID or maybe even play with a BCS-460.
Finally a pump and a plate chiller mounted to a wooden board and stored on the bottom of the cart.
Can even keep some brew tools and supplies in the two drawers.
Not as compact but it would still put all my brewing stuff in a few square-feet with a vertical design.
Brew day would go:
1) Fill kettle with water.
2) Mash buy having the pump circulate water (from spout to lid as in Gabrew's set-up) while a PID/BCS and electric heating element keep temperature.
4) Disconnect tubing from lid and attack to plate chiller. Either accept some loss of wort once the pump run's dry or move the board the pump and plate are mounted on to a more gravity friendly location in relation to the fermentor.
5) Run cleaning solution through kettle, pump, plate chiller, and all tubing to clean.
With one 2000W heating element, the pump, and a controller I'll probably be right the 20A limit I can get away with on normal residential electrical wiring. I could even wire the electronics portion up to be ready to take two 240V in anticipation of having a garage or shed designed for brewing larger batches one day.
Make sense or am I rambling? Am I missing any fundamental conceptual flaws?
The other options is to just clone Gabrew's design with a toolbox that would allow me to keep the pump away from the circuitry but I do like the growth potential of this idea with a BCS...