Beerrat: Thanks for the tip on the Vassani. On-line reviews on the Home Depot Website were mostly positive, considering the price. You said you have had it for 6 months; are you pleased? I'm curious what the INTERIOR dimensions are. I gather it has a compressor. Is there room (sufficient height) on top of the compressor for a carboy, or is the unit deep enough for the carboy to sit on the bottom/floor next to the compressor? You mentioned a 6-gallon carboy. Do you know if a 6.5 gallon carboy with a rubber stopper and airlock or blow-off tube will fit? I'm not looking for anything too fancy -- just something that will hold my carboy and keep the fermenting temperatures in the low to mid-60s. Thanks again.
I realized I replied privately and want to share it for others on the board.....
Yeah, I'm happy with the purchase for what I wanted. Something small and able to hold a single carboy or bucket at a controlled temp. It fits nicely in my dining room.. Temp spot until I ever finish the basement. I do use a ronco temp controller so cannot speak to how well the unit would maintain temp on it's own. I'm assuming ok.
Dimensions.. Compressor is on bottom back, and unit's temp control at top center so these are the minimum inside dimensions. 17.5"w x 12" deep x 26.5 h. Plenty of room for carboy or bucket with air lock. I actually think my carboy is 6.5 gal.