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House Bee
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Location: Texas

« on: September 08, 2004, 07:03:11 AM »

I'm building a honey heater to lre-iquify 60llb pails of honey
and need some help. The insulated box is easy and almost
complete. I plan on using a light bulb as a heat source and
a small fan to move the air around in the box.

The challenge I'm having is trying to locate a thermostat
to turn the the light off at a known temperature. I haven't
had any success finding a thermostat locally. I did find a
couple "single-pole, single-throw" thermostats on the web
that look encouraging. I'm curious if anyone else has
"been there, done that" and can provide some guidance.

House Bee
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Location: Southern Maine

« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2004, 05:40:00 PM »

I did something similar to that once, with a digital programmable thermostat from Home Depot........okok, I ripped it off our wall, then replaced it when I was done, but originally got it at HD.  Good luck
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2004, 11:36:08 PM »

Sorry but somehow I missed this post of yours. If you haven't figured it out by now a simple wall type thermostat for controlling a home furnace works just fine. They typically operate on 24 volts but are capable of operating on 120 volts. The current draw from a 100 watt lightbulb is less than 1 amp and I can't imagine your using anything more than a simple computer type fan for circulation. My freezer works fine with one 100 watt bulb (with no fan). I keep it at 90 degrees in order to heat up buckets of honey before I filter and bottle it.
Once you have the system operating it's a simple matter of placing a thermometer inside to check on the accuracy of the thermostat. If it's off a little, all you need do is ignore it and go by the reading on the thermometer.
You can buy a simple one from any hardware store for around $10.
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