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Homemade Proofing Box

Sour_Baker's picture

Homemade Proofing Box

I've been meaning to buy a proofing box, but I figured it was too little for how much it cost. I needed a proofing box that would be able to have a normal size sheet pan fit in it so I would have enough room for proofing breads and, when needed, I can make my yogurt as well.


I've seen the older proofing box posts and they look great. I guess I'm still nervous about making one. One of the big things I'm wondering is about material for the box itself. Is there a preference between glass/plastic/wood? I wonder if condensation would be a problem. If it makes any difference, I would be in MN and that gets super cold in the winter, when I make my breads the most.


jomoncon's picture

I made a smaller proofing box last year.  I used a Styrofoam ice chest, so it's smaller than what you need. I cut a hole in the top  and hung a 60 watt light bulb that was in a plug-in cord. Then I inserted a programmable outlet thermostat to keep the temp with range. I use a similar one for seed starting using plastic storage bin. I've had no problems with condensation with either one.