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Homemade gf mini temperature controller

Post by Weldun » November 19th, 2016, 8:50 pm

Not sure that I'll even need this for winter but its always fun making a gadget for the smoker, it's all self contained and will mount directly to my 2" ball valve with a tri-clover type sanitary clamp
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I'm hoping to give it a test run soon and will share the results.
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Post by Squiggle » November 20th, 2016, 12:03 am

Very cool, I was thinking about something like that. :kewl:


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Post by Rodcrafter » November 20th, 2016, 9:40 am

I like it!


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Re: Homemade gf mini temperature controller

Post by KarateDoc » November 20th, 2016, 12:45 pm

Nice


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Re: Homemade gf mini temperature controller

Post by Weldun » November 20th, 2016, 2:42 pm

With 36*f outside temp and 17 mph wind it took a mere 22 minutes to reach 225* after lighting charcoal. As far as performance I'm quite pleased, with a 225* set point the blower comes on at 224* and shuts off at 225* and overshoots set point to 226.5* which I'm sure with some parameter adjustments can be compensated for. As an added note my wife just discovered that I repurposed the cord from one of her many hand mixmasters to build this....oops
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Post by Big T » November 20th, 2016, 5:27 pm

Very Nice :beer:


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Post by mp4 » November 21st, 2016, 5:50 am

I like it!



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Post by Rodcrafter » November 22nd, 2016, 6:40 am

I wish I knew more about this stuff. You sure did a good job on it.


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Post by Sand Hiller » November 22nd, 2016, 9:30 am

:yth:
Maybe you could show us guys that would rather build it than buy it a few of your secrets?


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Re: Homemade gf mini temperature controller

Post by Weldun » November 22nd, 2016, 5:02 pm

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Thanks fellas but I think there's a couple different things going on here, first of all you are giving me way to much credit and second of all you're selling yourself way too short. I am by no means nor do I profess to be an electrical guru and I'm sure someone else has way more to offer, so with that said I can only offer what worked for me and it's really quite simple.
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Post by Squiggle » November 22nd, 2016, 6:27 pm

Nah dude, credit where credit is due. That is a sweet setup. :kewl:


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Post by Big T » November 22nd, 2016, 7:57 pm

:yth: :kewl:


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Re: Homemade gf mini temperature controller

Post by Sand Hiller » November 23rd, 2016, 9:10 am

This is cool. Darn right credit where credit is due!
You have my "wheels turning" on this one....
What is the temp range of the controller? Found plenty for CHEAP ($10-$15--even some lower!) but they only went up to 200 deg. My guess is the 3-400 range?
Did you pressurize the box and put your air outlet where convenient or was it plumbed directly off of the fan?


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Post by Rodcrafter » November 23rd, 2016, 10:03 am

:LG: :beer:


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Re: Homemade gf mini temperature controller

Post by Weldun » November 23rd, 2016, 5:40 pm

Sand Hiller wrote:This is cool. Darn right credit where credit is due!
You have my "wheels turning" on this one....
What is the temp range of the controller? Found plenty for CHEAP ($10-$15--even some lower!) but they only went up to 200 deg. My guess is the 3-400 range?
Did you pressurize the box and put your air outlet where convenient or was it plumbed directly off of the fan?
Controller Temp range is -20*~300*C/-22*~572*F and will display in either C or F, they come in 12vdc,120vac or 220vac I chose the 120vac. They are all relatively the same since most are made in China.
I did pressurize the box and yes I did mount blower where space allowed, I think with the box being pressurized and fresh air being drawn into the box it helps cool the electrical components within the box.
Have fun and most of all be safe when working with the 120vac side of things.


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Post by Weldun » March 4th, 2017, 9:20 pm

Got tired of my temperature probe being in the way (truth be known boredom) so I made it a permanent installation.
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Post by Squiggle » March 4th, 2017, 9:45 pm

Freakin awesome! :beer:


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Post by Stewart » March 4th, 2017, 10:24 pm

:exp: ....mind blown.



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Post by Pete Mazz » March 5th, 2017, 3:53 am

Really nice!!


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Post by ajfoxy » March 5th, 2017, 6:34 am

Very nice. Out the way.


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Post by Big T » March 5th, 2017, 12:13 pm

Heck yeah :beer:


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Post by mp4 » March 5th, 2017, 12:48 pm

High grade workmanship - very nice!



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Re: Homemade gf mini temperature controller

Post by Weldun » March 5th, 2017, 1:52 pm

This whole smoker thing is great for folks like most of us that like to tinker and exercise (rack) our brains, these things are never done but merely a work in progress.
Thanks much for the kind words!


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Post by MattJ » March 5th, 2017, 6:31 pm

Great job.



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Re: Homemade gf mini temperature controller

Post by Rodcrafter » March 5th, 2017, 7:30 pm

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