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Just finished up the new still box and wanted to throw it out there for reference and input. The box is made from a steel tool box I found at Harbor Freight.
What I like about this box is that it has a lot of room for wiring and has a nice shelf above that holds all the sensors and probes when I need to store or transport it. Also, as I was trying to do this on a moderate budget, it worked quite nicely.
The basic setup is 5 PIDs, with only one (the first on the left in the picture) controlling a SSR to drive a 5500W element in on-of control mode. All of the sensors were packed up for the night, so the readings in the picture are gibberish... The panel layout is a follows from left to right:
For PIDs 2 and 4, the HOA switches are more just to keep the panel aesthetic even , but they do provide options for future tinkering, and once I can think of a good spot to fit in a 22mm alarm on the box Ill rig that up also.
There is a 3p nema twist lock power inlet mounted in the center on the back of the panel and all of the RTD panel connectors and power outlet are installed on the right hand side of the box. The left side has an 80mm 24v fan cooling everything down.
I will be using this box primarily to run a 15.5 gal boiler and a 4" column in an array of setups, from stripper to hybrid plate/packed to multi plate w/gin baskets etc, so I wanted to have more displays to be able to track everything and build in future upgrades.
I mostly have my sensors and hardware in, so one I get everything put together, including a nice modified 4" dephlegmator from @CothermanDistilling I will be sure to post up pics of the sensors and corresponding hardware. Thanks for looking, and if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please let me know.