DIY Proofing Box
Hey there TFL community :) !
How's it going? I hope all is well.
We have just finished summer in Australia, and currently in Autumn. Winter looks like its going to be pretty harsh as well. So I needed to come up with a solution to heighten my ambient temp as the enviroment where I run my micro bakery gets pretty cold, comes down to about 15-16 degrees, sometimes even lower because of it being brick walls and floorboards on concrete slab only.
After thinking of what I could do, I came up with this cost effective solution, a DIY proofing box that has greater capacity than the Bron and Taylor proofer, so you can fit more dough, and also allows for temp control. Its a really simple set up and only consists of three different parts 1) A 90lt storage container 2) A 20x10 inch germination mat (This seemed to be a bit small for this container, but works really well for 50lt containers, so I'll be swapping this with a 20x20inch mat) and a 3) Inkbird temperature controller. All up I believe it cost me about 90 dollars.
Basically all you do is put the germination mat on the bottom of the container and connect it to the temperature controller. Put the thermometer of the temperature controller into the container so you can monitor the ambient temp and set the germination mat accordingly, and thats its :) I also put a cooling rack on the bottom just so the dough doesnt sit on the germination mat directly.
Here are some photos for you :)