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    I used a deep foot massage bath to temper the chemicals and Patterson tank. It worked very well. I've got a Jobo now and I enjoy the convenience, but it is not necessary.

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    There are some great Sous Vide machines out now, expensive but very accurate. You can make a very accurate tempering bath yourself, that you could also use for Sous Vide cooking, for much less than the commercial ones, if you're handy. Google "do it yourself sous vide machine" for plenty of links. Here's one: http://seattlefoodgeek.com/2010/02/d...-for-about-75/

    They claim it can be built for $75.

    For me, for C-41, I use hot water in an insulated tub (you can use any ice chest). I monitor temps with an accurate (+- .1 degree) electronic thermometer (they aren't expensive). It doesn't take long to work out the starting temp that results in your chems and the bath hitting 38 degrees C at the same time, and once it is there, you just start your process, it won't drop too much before you are done with the critical steps. I also keep monitoring temps, and just add a bit of hot water from a separate jug if I think it is dropping too fast. But actually it never happens.

    Results come out just like the pro labs. I do lights out dip and dunk for 4x5, using the Combiplan and some 1.5 liter plastic juice jugs for my tanks. For this, I use a timer app on my iphone that can generate different sounding ticks and alarms for the various processes, and the phone stays under a light trap nearby. For everything else, its lights on with a Paterson tank. Easy peasy.

    Oh, and this is all done in a spare bathroom, so I have very easy access to hot and cold water.

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    I built one based on http://www.fumblingwithfilm.com/?p=42 It works really good. Temperature once stabilized, doesn't change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wiedzmin View Post
    I built one based on http://www.fumblingwithfilm.com/?p=42 It works really good. Temperature once stabilized, doesn't change.
    Looks really nice!!!
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    Aesthetically there are way to improve it for sure If you are interested I can post links to the parts I used and some observations regarding assembly process. It is something simple to do. Much easier than it seems.

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    Thanks, though I'm not that DIY, mostly due to lack of time, I think I'll just go for the food heating thingie in my original post instead, it's not expensive, and all I need to do is to put it on, heat it up to 38°C and I am up and running.

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