1st Usage Century Digital Heat Mat Thermostat Controller
This is half a review based on 1st usage of the "Century Digital Heat Mat Thermostat Controller". The 2nd half of the review will follow 2 or 3 months of usage.
My purpose for the electric controller usage is current and future, how I proof now and a future proof box.
This is a 120VAC 60Hz, Max Load: 8.3A 1000W digital controller allowing one to control either a heating element or electric light temperature, in a proof box, and maintain a constant temperature.
This does NOT include a timer if you need a timer Amazon has digital 24-hour timers for $12+.
Note, my initial breadmaking was using a breadmaker which heated the pan. I never baked the loaves in the bread maker, instead after the 2nd proof, I would turn the dough out shape put in a slightly warm loaf pan, and use a slightly warm roasting pan, covered with wet wrung out tea towel, heated by a 60w work light. (I used a coat hanger wire shaped to keep the towel above the pan). I could monitor the temp inside with my Maverick Digital Thermometer with dual remote probes # ET 732.
I wanted a more "set it" and "forget it" setup. With the new Century Controller, my current temporary setup uses the microwave as my box with a light & the controller sensor inside the microwave.
Build Quality: For the price, I am surprised by the quality, it feels solid even though it is a hard plastic housing. The gauge of the electric cord is at least 12 ga. The buttons feel right not sloppy.
Initial setup: was very simple, had I no trouble.
Usage: I set the temp did a trial test to see if the temp sensor worked ok, it did. Put 2 loaf pans in the micro with light and sensor. One might ask, "wasn't the light too warm on the nearest pan"? I used a plastic plate as shield that directed the heat up at angle toward the pans, so the heat would bounce off the microwave roof and down onto the pans.
I am looking forward to building a proof box and using the Century Controller for heat control. $19 is a pretty decent price if it holds up for 3 to 5 years.