Introduction: Cool Honey

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This device saves my live ... these days!
It is cool and it reminds me of tasty Newzealand honey ..

Step 1: Parts and Plan ... You Allways Need a Plan ...

Picture of Parts and Plan ... You Allways Need a Plan ...

Some years ago I bought honey and ate it ... really tasty !

Several years later;
I went to the cellar and had a look at my tools ...

I found:
- one old transformer 220V to 12V
- one old vent from a defect atx power supply
- one very old electroly capacitor 470uF/16V
- one NEW! triac type TIC106
- one very old variable resistor from a portable radio with a power switch included 5 k Ohm
- one knob
- one diode 1N4007
- two NEW resistors, i don't remeber the values ... ?!
- one power cord (taken from the old radio ...)
- two nails
- some insulated wires
- some insulating tape
- one empty Newzealand honey plastic can

Then i went to the working room and checked the tools;
- one soldering iron
- some tin-solder
- some snippers
- a box cutter
- a drill (to drill holes ...)
- some screedrivers (to mount the knob)
- a combination wrench (to mount the potentiometer)

The result should be a cooling vent with a nice look and a seamless changeable airflow.
The vent runs with dc current. The tic and the capacitor will do the job. The tic is controlled by the dc halfwave created by the diode and regulated by the potentiometer.
Well, the values of the rasistors depend on the othe components. I experimented with the values to find a constellation where the potentiometer has a full range from nearly zero aurflow to full speed.
Just be careful not to R1 lower than 500 Ohm.

Step 2: Construction ... at Work ...

Picture of Construction ... at Work ...

Now start building.

Cut two hiles into the plastic cap of the honey pot. The holes need to be big enough to put the vent in. When the vent's mounting holes appear stick the nails through them and fix the nails with the insulating tape. Put the wires of the vent though es third hole in the cap.

Drill two more holes in the pot. One for the potentiometer and one for the power cord. Push the power cord though the hole and make a knot on the inside. Don't attach the potentiometer jet.

Solder the electronic parts onto the transformer and use ist as a mounting frame. Solder the potentiometer to it and also the power cord. You can test the setup now before pushing it into the honey pot. Be sure that the electric wires are insulated!

Attach the poentiometer and close the cap.

Have "Cool Honey" fun ...


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Johntron (author)2006-08-07

Hah, good article man. Sorry that people don't read anymore. One question though, what size fan are you using? It looks like an 80mm. Have you thought about something bigger like 120mm?

Yerboogieman (author)Johntron2007-11-15

i took a 120mm fan out a of a computer yesterday : D

TheCheese9921 (author)2006-08-03

or you can just put your honey in the fridge

SirGrok (author)TheCheese99212006-08-03

I agree. I don't see any practical reason to air cool your honey using your electricat/ghetto engineering expertise. I mean, it looks like you know what you are doing, but... for god's sake, why?

Myplague5 (author)SirGrok2006-08-04

Are you an idiot?

Yerboogieman (author)Myplague52007-11-15

i agree with you.

Yerboogieman (author)SirGrok2007-11-15

it's not to cool honey he just put the project in a honey jar, thats it.

rotor (author)SirGrok2006-08-03

Generally, the workflow for posting on the internet should be: read->comprehend->post You seem to have neglected either one or two steps.

chr (author)rotor2006-12-06

That's just too funny! LOL (yes, out loud) :D

jaredforshey (author)SirGrok2006-08-03

If only there was a way you could share the mental picture you've formed with the community - I'm dying to know how you're imagining that he'd use this to cool honey!

fungus amungus (author)SirGrok2006-08-03

Because he wanted to stay cool. It's a fan.

it's not to cool honey he just put the project in a honey jar, thats it.

meibao (author)2007-01-25

nice use of recycleables... can someone explain to me how people thought this was a fan to cool honey??? Why in the world would you need to cool honey? Was it having a fever or something??? lessons to such, think, read again, comprehend, don't get it don't comment

frickelkram (author)meibao2007-01-25

I love the comments! Don't blame the people ... ;-)

chr (author)2006-12-06

Nice control circuitry!
Add some ice to the solution and you have a pretty cool cooling system :p

Combine your instructable with mine and we have the perfect personal climate control device! :)

frickelkram (author)2006-09-11

Thank's for all the comments .... I thought it was clear what this little thing means to me ... I cool myself not the honey. As cookiedough said ... Newzealand honey is very different! On a trip through the woods of Newzealand I meat an honey farmer. He told me that germany is one of the biggest countries for trading honey all over the world. I think they mix up all the good pure honey and sell them as some sweet dripping sirup that has lost all natural tastes. I like the pure one. But because it's hard to get here in germany I always look at this old honey pot ... and feel good ... By the way ... ove it or hate it ... it's your decision ;-)

joshuajahr (author)2006-08-05

huh i dont get it, is the fan meant to cool honey or is it made to cool you?

arwen (author)joshuajahr2006-08-07

If you look at the photos, there is no actual honey anywhere to be seen, so I think it's safe to assume the latter. The title is a little misleading, to be sure, but the photos explain it all...

joshuajahr (author)arwen2006-08-09

thanks for clearing that up for me

JethroWho15 (author)2006-08-07

great instructable man some people are dumb

cookiedough (author)2006-08-05

New Zealand honey is very different from the honey found in the US (I can't speak for many other countries). It is thick and spreadable and makes for perfect pbh as it doesn't drip all over or soak your bread. I believe the texture is due to the fact that it is unfiltered and unpasteurized. Cooling your honey will make it thicker temporarily--try it over ice cream. New Zealanders also enjoy Manuka honey. I find that it has a slightly more medicinal taste, but grew to like it considerably. Marmite, on the other hand, I shall never enjoy. Beware the Marmite.

pluish (author)2006-08-04

i think the idea is to spread the nice aromas of the honey trough the room

austin (author)pluish2006-08-05

your kidding, aren't you?

Slavak (author)2006-08-03

thats pretty cool hurray for 80mm fans

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