I'm in the middle of a very slow kettle RIMS build using and Inkbird PID and non-digital controller as per @Bigcol49 design. In the back of my mind, I was thinking about a future upgrade to a 50L kettle and 3KW Buffalo induction hob. If I did that, I thought I would keep the PID for temperature control but use the buffalo hob to control the power during mashing. @Druncan, why can't you just use the built-in power control on the Buffalo hob? I guess the PID would be constantly switching the hob on an off which it may not like.It has a dialled knob with 26 steps. I have found the part as a replacement https://www.nisbets.co.uk/buffalo-control-panel/ad153
Could this be replaced with a digital controller from a PID? happy to buy one and send it to those who know the dark digital electrical science,,, :thumb:
I've got mine wired up to my PID. I actually only use it during the mash as I don't need it during the boil. Works brilliantly, keeping power levels just right to maintain mash temps without scorching the wort.Finally got around to wiring one of these up to an STC1000. Will give it a test tomorrow with the mash. My PID needs a serious retune so looking forward to trying this out. :)
Power ratings apart, check the construction and heatsinking.That's a good policy. I always go for a margin of 2x against any no-name stuff I get from China and I never buy brand-name components from there - too many fakes and resold QC rejects around.
Glad it worked for you. I use mine every brewday for the whole length of the boil.Thanks Foxbat - built this yesterday and used on a brew. We also used it to control the water for Strike and Sparging - very handy!
I'm no master electrian, but I found the instructions well laid out and easy to follow.
I think the only issue was the cover to the power regulator wouldn't sit over the screws I used.
Have only come across this thread today @foxbat and certainly plenty of detail.It's ironic as I had come across one on eBay a while back with a 4kw rating at under £6 thinking it was too good to be true.Glad it worked for you. I use mine every brewday for the whole length of the boil.