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Offline FuBar

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Is this an adequate temperature controller??
« on: August 24, 2017, 10:39:07 pm »
Hi all, I came across this temperature controller while researching the heating element mod.

https://www.amazon.com/WILLHI-Temperature-Controller-Pre-wired-Stainless/dp/B01JP8DYFK/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8


There are a couple reviewers that say this was used to great success with the Bradley smoker. There's a huge difference between the price of this ($33) and the single probe Auber PID ($143) and I'm wondering if anyone has thoughts on it (besides it being from China)? Is this like a simple and poor-man's PID? Has anyone used a PID/temperature controller that's cheaper than the Auber with success? Thanks!

Offline Habanero Smoker

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Re: Is this an adequate temperature controller??
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2017, 02:09:06 am »
It should be good for a single element Bradley, but the wattage may be too low for a modified two element or 900 watt element. It may not be a PID and/or control by using an algorithm, and my be a simple on/off device. I read a few review and most are please with the temperature range it maintains.


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Offline TedEbear

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Re: Is this an adequate temperature controller??
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2017, 04:38:44 am »
I use an Auber SYL-2352 in my Bradley OBS.  The current price is $46.50.  It works fine but it is not a plug-n-play.  You have to install it in either a project box or the SG box, like I did.  Plus, there's the cost of a K-type TC, , an SSR, a heatsink (or you can sometimes find one in some discarded electronic parts) and a few odds and ends.  The total cost for my setup was around $70-$80.




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Offline FuBar

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Re: Is this an adequate temperature controller??
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2017, 09:31:33 am »
Thank you both for your information, much appreciated. I like the idea of putting one together in the SG but I have the DBS and I think it might be a little tight under the hood.  A little project box sounds good though and I'll look more into that. Cheers!