Stian made this awesome sous-vide temp. controller, which he calls the “SousVide-O-Mator”. Built around an ATMega328 with the Arduino bootloader, it uses a DS18B20 temp. probe to monitor the temp, a 20×4 LCD to communicate with the user, and a solid-state relay to switch the rice cooker on and off. It also features one of the neatest, cleanest stripboard layouts I’ve ever seen (style counts!). He writes:
My brand spanking new homemade Sous Vide controller (PID controller for cooking). By connecting the relay to my rice cooker and putting the probe and a small aquarium pump inside I’m able to very accurately control the water temperature..
This is basically a heating immersion circulator as used by some fancy restaurants – readily made equipment cost in the range of $1000.. So I made one myself on the cheap (controller + rice cooker + water pump). This can be used to cook meat to perfection 🙂
Shoutouts for these people but not your friendly open source neighbors? :'(
@abe – john is one our blogger here, he didn’t know we were talking to you in the forums about your kit. we had a post planed about your kit later this week but john posted this first, we don’t coordinate post topics – the authors are free to write what they want and when 🙂
we’ll put up a post with your kit later today.
I’ve no idea how you found this, but thanks a lot for the plug, only made a quick video to demo for a few friends 🙂
The project isn’t done yet, I was planning to blog about it and document it properly after putting it inside a nice enclosure. Probably going for a case with a metal plate (backside) for the SSR – my rice cooker is however very low wattage – only pulling 3.5A/220v – I’ve never even felt the relay become lukewarm when running at full effect for a long period. I will remember to warn others about it though when I document the build later on, so thank you for the heads up Abe 🙂
@Stian: I used my maker/blogger-fu to find your project, but posting on Vimeo with appropriate tags (as you did) helps a lot! 🙂
Drop a note in the comments here when you’ve finished your documentation and I’ll do an update!
Nice to see all the sous-vide kits. I made a $60 open hardware kit for chest freezer conversions, sous-vide and many types of fermentations. I’m making yogurt and cheese right now!