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July 27, 2011 at 1:48 am #1277
Hello all. I just ordered my dry ageing kit and in preparation for the process, I wanted to ask you guys about temperature regulation and air circulation. I have a horizontal freezer for this and read about the freezer conversion thermostat. Any recommendations as to brands, models, where to buy, etc. Saw one on-lline but it has no readout so how do I set at the right temperature? As to air circulation, just a regular fan will do? With the cord on the rubber, isn’t the seal affected and the door will not close tight?
Thank you in advance for your help
vacatownJuly 27, 2011 at 2:22 am #4903
Welcome aboard, Julio! I’m just the forum moderator here, but I try to help people…OK? First off I’m not familiar with your term of your equipment being called a horizontal freezer. To my way of thinking a freezer FREEZES “stuff” and that is too cold to dry age meat. So rather than to address your other questions let’s start there. Now your turn! BTW I’m here in the USA and as I post it is 9:22 PM and I go to bed early like 10 PM so if you reply, please don’t think I’m avoiding you!July 27, 2011 at 11:20 am #4905
Hello and thanks for your response. I have a chest freezer, my bad with the term. Looking forward to hearing back from you and any other forum member.
Thanks and best regards
JulioJuly 27, 2011 at 1:16 pm #4906Andy StarvaskiMember
I used the RANCO ATC to control the temperature on my under the counter fridge.
My friends who do home brewing have since been told that this unit will also work on a freezer.
It’s a pretty straight forward set up. There are two RANCO’s models available one for a few dollars less requires you wire in the cables yoursefl, or for a few dollars more you can get the RANCO with the plug and cable all wired up.
1) set the freezer to the coldest setting.
2) plug the freezer into the RANCO unit
3) Plug the RANCO into the wall outlet.
4) Run the RANCO temp probe into the freezer. You can run this between the frigde and door
Now just simpley set the temperature on the RANCO Unit that you want to have the freezer set at and what diferential you prefer (the margin of temperature flux you want before the Ranco turns the compressor on.) I have mine set for 36 degrees +- 2 degrees.
I wish I knew that a freezer would have worked before I bought my under the counter fridge, as freezers were significantly less $$ money than a quality fridge.July 27, 2011 at 1:37 pm #4907
See Julio, people are here to help! Andy has addressed your temperature control issue. Here is a battery operated fan that others have recommended for air circulation that you might want to consider buying.
The only trouble with your chest type freezer is when you open the lid the cold air stays in and doesn’t circulate, whereas an upright unit like a refrigerator “dumps” the air when the door is open. Since you are using the chest type i would suggest you raise the lid for a few minutes at least say every 3 or 4 days during the aging process to allow the air to exchange. This isn’t too scientific – just my thoughts on the matter!
RonJuly 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm #4908
Thank you Ron and Andy for the information and fast reply!, exactly the information I needed. Already ordered the Ranco temp control…all the pieces are falling together.
JulioJuly 27, 2011 at 4:57 pm #4909Andy StarvaskiMember
Do you know how long the batteries last on the fan?July 27, 2011 at 5:03 pm #4910
Andy wrote:quote :Hey Ron,
Do you know how long the batteries last on the fan?
I had raised that same question and the guy replied he has had them run as long as a year in his RV refrig.
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