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Yet another toaster oven -> reflow oven conversion


david wrote 02/19/2016 at 03:36 point

I am very happy with my version of the Toast-R-Reflow oven. I think having your kit and using the same oven made things easier. Do you know if trimming the length of the themocoupling lead would cause any problems? Also any ideas on an enclosure or a mounting for the controller/LCD rather than just having it lay on the workbench beside the oven?

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Nick Sayer wrote 02/19/2016 at 04:33 point

Trimming the thermocouple leads should be ok, but extending them is difficult, as you can't solder to those wires. Even if you could, it would effectively move the "cold" junction away from the thermocouple amplifier, which will lessen the accuracy (unless the extension wires and junctions are made of the same metals as the leads).

I just leave my controller sitting on the bench, but as you note, it's somewhat less convenient. The good news is that the 80x36mm LCD is a very, very standard footprint, so there should be tons of 3D printed case designs that you could adapt.

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