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Old 11-28-09, 09:29 AM   #31
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Default remote thermistor?

I wonder if the thermistor could be removed from a modern Tstat
(like the RTH221B1000)

Honeywell at Lowe's: 1-Week Basic Programmable Thermostat

And re-connected using a twisted-pair?


If you could locate the thermistor inside the warm-air collector, the Tstat
could be used in the AC mode. Coming on whenever the temperature
inside the collector got above ~75-85 deg..
I think these things have about three degrees of Hysteresis..
So the fan was moving a lot of air, it would shut down pretty quickly,
as the collector cooled off a bit.

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In the early evening, you could try using the heating mode. If the outdoor temp
dropped below 70, air from the house would be sucked into the collector
and cooled down a little.. (Assuming the house was still warm).

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Old 11-28-09, 02:11 PM   #32
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I did a search for "Differential Controller Kits" and came up with this:

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Anybody try this yet?
If nobody else does, I'll try one in Feb/March for the pool heater.
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Old 11-28-09, 02:26 PM   #33
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"They're fairly inexpensive, and highly reliable, and they can handle considerable current without additional electronics thingies.
Here's one that should be right in your range.
-AC_Hacker"

Thanks! "On at 40 C, off at 32 C." I thought I'd want to leave shutoff closer to my indoor temperature, but I see that their range only goes up from that model. I suppose that if the collector is active, it will usually kick on the fan, since it hits 70 C pretty easy in still air. Has anyone tried these limits, and watched a partly cloudy day get wasted?
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doax mentioned an arduino in the first post, I like that idea, they can be had for as little as $15 for a clone. They have tons of support online so getting the code right should'nt be a problem, and once we do everyone can copy and paste it. Kinda like MPGuino project. They also sell cheap lcd displays for like $20 so we can use the serial print function to display temp and pump on/off status, ect. I bought one a few months back and have been real busy with things so I haven't got past the first few little tutorials(I can blink some leds like you wouldn't believe) but it is fun to play with and I see tons of uses for us.
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Default Arduino Based Controllers

I was looking around for the same type thing, with a bit more... Brains then just an off/on differential controller. These two links are great resources. The Arduino board seems to be the way to go.... Tons of possibilities, very low cost.

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I was looking around for the same type thing, with a bit more... Brains then just an off/on differential controller. These two links are great resources. The Arduino board seems to be the way to go.... Tons of possibilities, very low cost.

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Another cpu controller that is very easy to program is the PicAxe, they have a mini-basic interpreter inside the chip. Plug them into a breadboard add a couple of resisters and a capacitor and you can connect to the serial port of your PC to program them. They have inbuilt basic commands to read the DS18b20 1-wire bus temp sensors and are absolutely ideal for making solar controllers. Here is a link to the UK site that manufactures them, I believe there is someone in the USA importing them.
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I built a differential controller that has 4 temp inputs and temperature logging that is pretty cheap ($49). I wasn't going to pay $150 for it either. Here's the link if you are interested (just take out the spaces).

http://sites.google.com/site/mydtcstore/

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I built a differential controller that has 4 temp inputs and temperature logging that is pretty cheap ($49). I wasn't going to pay $150 for it either.

Looks interesting...

What is the current draw?

In what format is the data stored?

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Old 08-01-10, 01:53 PM   #40
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Here is some from a screen capture. The line under the s command upto the relay states and relay on time is what is stores off each tick.

I just noticed the picture I posted is for a depopulated version that just does the temp logging. You can get one with one or two independent differential or HEAT/COOL thermostat functions (selectable).

Current draw is about 15-20ma. When the relays are active, add about 33ma more each.

>m
myDTC Deluxe v1.2
s)Status c)Config t)Set LogTick f)Freeze Mode
0)Set SI Units 1)Mode_R1 2)Mode_R2 3)SP_R1
4)SP_R2 5)Bump Minutes 6)Bump Hours
7)DeltaT 8)LowT 9)HighT m)Menu r)Rules
>s
DAY:HH:MM TICK T1 T2 T3 T4 R1 R2 R1TIME R2TIME
000:01:12 012 59 59 58 58 OFF OFF 000.0 000.0
>c
DTMP LTMP HTMP MODE1 MODE2 LOGTICK SP_R1 SP_R2 FRZMODE
04 F 05 F 60 F DTC_R1 DTC_R2 5 MIN 25 F 25 F ALLOFF


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