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Sous vide cooker for less than $40
Just got this hooked up. This is the first project I have ever tackled on instructables. Looks like it is working great. I am ready to celebrate with steak. Your instructions were easy to follow. The hardest part was waiting twice to receive parts from China. Thank you for taking the time to show everyone how to do this ourselves.
This is an amazing idea. The ones I've seen before this involved a cooler and a probe thermometer which is a less expensive and more primitive way of doing it. I can see that you have taken some time to think this out. Congrads!
I'm an Arduino fan, so this instructable gets me excited.As with any problem, there are multiple solutions. Here's an instructable I did a few years ago using a digital temperature controller and crock pot for sous vide. http://www.instructables.com/id/Sous-vide-cooker-f...
I came up with a plug and play solution (no complicatedwiring at all). It's called the Temp Controller. It is a digitaltemperature controller for crock pots at www.tempcontrollerusa.com. They areeasy to use and affordable.
I use an aquarium air pump with an airstone for circulation put in center bottom of large oval crockpot...
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Just use the diagram in Step 5 (Wiring). Skip the C14 receptacle, strip the wires on the cord, and connect the load/hot (red or black) to screws 1 and 3 on the controller. Connect the neutral wire (white) to the outlet and on through to screw 4 on the controller. Connect the ground (bare or green) to the outlet.Easy peasy. Good luck and bon appetit.
I bought the $10 controller with the orange clips on ebay. I am using a receptacle and a c13 cable and i plan on cutting one end of the c13 and put it straight into the controller. Does anyone have a diagram or a walk through on this method?? Not sure how to wire the receptacle and the c13 cableThanks!
That's not me. Wow. They definitely stole the picture and description from my "ible".I contacted the seller and eBay to have the listing removed.Thanks for letting me know.
I got a response back from yorkshireukpeterHe said, "If it's on the internet and is free... it's not stealing"Amazing. I guess some people just don't get it.
Very nicely done! That steak looks great. I think I'll have to do some sous vide cooking this weekend.
I followed this instructable which was very clear and well laid out. The Inkbird F1000 controller i ordered had different numbers for terminals (1 and 2 for power, 5 and 6 for relay, 3 and 4 for temp probe) but it wasnt difficult to reassign the diagram to them. The only changes i made were 1) using a switched outlet mainly because i couldnt find a single where i was and didnt want the risk of someone accidentally plugging a second one in / asthetics). It also let me turn off the circuit while still using the probe to measure temp). This switch also had a pilot light which was useful to see when it was active while in the on position). 2) My outlet didn't have a second neutral screw so i joined the two neutrals from the outlet and the controller using a wire nut back to the c14 receptacle. 3) My ABS box had a metal faceplate so i figured it would give it some character. I used electrical tape across inner side to insulate it (just in case...) 4) i haven't gotten around to it yet but will be soldering temp probe to 1/4 inch mono jack so its removeable like shoe007.Great instructable and ill be enjoying my new sous vide cooker. Thanks so much for the great meal and ones to come!
Thanks for this instructable! I've made virtually the exact same temperature controller for a beer Keezer in the past, but this post made me realize I could use my old crock pot as a diy sous vide. What I really liked was using the c14 receptacle for the power plug. The one I made for the keezer used a c13 cable with the end cut off and directly connected to the internals, so the plug always has to remain with the unit. I really like being able to unplug the cord!
Worked good, used an extension cord and snap shut mini tote instead though. Thank you for step-by-step.
Has anybody found these temp controllers locally?Home Depot, etc.
note, always have the switching on the hot, not the neutral. All netrauls should be common, and the controller be grounded. By switching the neutral, you could break the path to ground which is not an good idea when mixing electricity and water.Be safe.
First pump lasted about six months, but the replacement seems to be doing better. Pot luck really!By "dead band", I assume you mean the range through which the temperature is allowed to fluctuate before the controller switches the heater on or off. For the controller that I listed above, it's 1°C above or below the set temperature, so a 2° fluctuation altogether. That works fine, but you can easily find a very similar controller with a tolerance of 0.1°C. I used that in a duplicate cooker that I made for a friend.
Simply so that I still have a functional coolbox as well as a sous-vide cooker.
Mine was much cheaper than $40. The temperature controller was $11 shipped on ebay, and I got the outlet for just over a dollar on amazon. I had wire and plenty of c13 power cords around. I just cut the end off of one and skipped the c14 receptacle. I also used a plastic container that came with sliced ham, but I plan on upgrading to something else when I come across the perfect container. My only gripe is the temperature seems to fluctuate a little more than I'd like- for instance if I set it at 129, it'll sit between 127-132. Still very cool and works really well.
Jsano19 gave me this very simple wiring solution for my ITC-2000. Worked like a charm.
Can anyone give a little guidance on the settings for the controller?
My wiring isn't working! Please let me know how to fix this asI'm hoping to give this as a Christmas present! Thanks,David
Figured it out! Pilot error on my part. Thanks!
I'm having difficulty with getting mine to work. I've followed your instructions, except I haven't used a c14 and have powered it directly from the mains. The digital controller seems to work - it gives a correct reading of the temp. I'm not sure if the relay is working properly though: there is no power going to my croc pot. The photos should show how I've wired it, if anyone can spot the mistake id be very grateful!
Ah figured it out be plunging the temp sensor in a cup of hot tea. The factory settings for my controller must be for an output appliance that cools. I just had to adjust the settings in the controller to "H" rather than "C". Simple! It now seems to be working as expected.
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