[Homeroast] variable transformers

g paris p pchforever at gmail.com
Tue Feb 28 11:26:34 CST 2012


Peter;

do you still want a variac? I may have a second, like new one, in the
basement.

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On Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 2:45 PM, peter zulkowski <peterz5743 at gmail.com>wrote:

> While rummaging through the things that I DID bring, I am becoming
> very upset with myself here.
>
> When I left AZ I left my 25 amp Variac behind (too heavy) figuring I could
> replace it for what I spent to get it.
> Forgot I bought it 12 years ago! I guess I paid about $45 + shipping from
> ebay at that time.
> Now they are untouchable.
> Need a business to justify it!
> I left too much stuff there that I was planning to replace cheap. Oh well.
> So sad that it all went in the dumpster.
>
> Now even the Chinese junk is way beyond my means :(
> BUT,
> almost forgot this part:
> While in AZ I did pick up a red Chinese Variac knock-off at a yard sale...
> free.
> It did not work, and the guy wanted it hauled away.
> It was heavy.
> I like free :)
> I took it all apart...  figuring I could fix it.....
> you do not want to *buy* one of them.
> My guess to what had happened to it was: it had fallen because all the
> bearings and plastic inside was destroyed.
> It didn't look bad on the outside though.
> Looked to be in good shape.
> Buyer beware. Free is okay if you have time to tinker.
> Please do not buy Chinese Variacs.
> From my limited experience with then, they are throw away's.
>
> Best,
>
> Peter Z
>
> On Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 1:53 PM, Zev Rieser <zrieser at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Peter,
> >
> > Please do!! I just upgraded from a Popcorn popper to the  Stir
> Crazy/Turbo
> > oven, and would like to set it up so I can have full control over heat
> for
> > profiles.... the variac route just is very expensive, so would love to
> have
> > an alternate method.
> >
> > Zev
> >
> > On Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 1:38 PM, peter zulkowski <peterz5743 at gmail.com
> > >wrote:
> >
> >
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