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Old 02-28-2013, 02:51 AM   #1
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I've happened upon a True GDM-26 for use as my fermentation chamber. I've seen references to using an STC-1000/Love/Ranco with these units. What is the recommended approach in wiring these? Bypass the internal thermostat, or can it be plugged in to a Ranco without short cycle issues?

My goal is simplicity (Ranco), but if the best approach is the more complex (Love) one that's fine. I have so much invested in this new system the extra time/cost is irrelevant at this point.

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Old 02-28-2013, 03:09 AM   #2
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If you have that much invested, it might be prudent to go with the Love controller, as the Ranco doesn't have an anti-short-cycle function. The wiring complexity for any of the three makes you mentioned is essentially identical...

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Old 02-28-2013, 07:56 PM   #3
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Would you wire it in after the stock thermostat as well?
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:29 PM   #4
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I installed my STC-1000 in the bottom louvers on my TRUE GDM-10 Fermentation Chamber. The existing thermostat is bypassed. Existing wires were used between the lower and upper enclosures. I ran the probe wire through the existing wiring hole in the floor of the unit. The Heat 1/2 duplex receptacle (and an always Hot other 1/2, not on schematic) were installed in the original thermostat cut-out, in case I needed to control a smaller heater or use some other AC device inside the chamber.

IMO, bypassing the thermostat is a better option in that it allows the evaporator fan to run constantly, which promotes defrosting and air circulation.







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The heat strip turned out to be oversized and I haven't actually needed to use it all winter.
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Thanks much for the schematics. I like the idea of the fan running constantly for recirculation.
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I use the heat side to run my fan "AFTER" the cooling cycle is done it runs for about 8-10 minutes the cooling runs for 5-10 minutes every hour or so.
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I use the heat side to run my fan "AFTER" the cooling cycle is done it runs for about 8-10 minutes the cooling runs for 5-10 minutes every hour or so.
Do you run the evaporator fan during the cooling cycle also?


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