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I like cooking using my Crock-Pot, but it is a relatively cheap one that only has 2 settings, "High" and "Low". It doesn't leave room for a lot of fine tuning. The low setting is too high and makes things boil. I decided that I needed more control over the temperature and built this "Crock-O-Stat" from off the shelf components at Home Depot. Really it is just a dimmer switch wired to an outlet inside a 2-gang handy box. For those who missed the previous sentence and need it spelled out again, this is a dimmer outlet, not a thermostat. I wanted to have more control over the settings on my Crock-Pot. For this purpose it works quite well. It took me about 15 minutes to make and cost me less than $20. Here's how to make your own.
Of course this device might be useful for other things rather than just controlling the temperature of a Crock Pot. You can use it as a lamp dimmer, or many other things. It is important to point out a couple of things though. This dimmer has a maximum capacity of 600watts. It would be unsafe to exceed this. Of even more importance is the fact that this is a dimmer and will not work on induction type appliances such as fans, and should never be used on refrigerators, fluorescent lighting and the like. If you needed a fan controller, hardware stores often sell those in the same area as the dimmer switches. If you used a fan controller it could be used for controlling the speed of some induction type motors, but still could not be used on other appliances, fluorescent lighting or refrigerators. If for some reason you hurt yourself, someone else or damage some property, my liability is limited to how much you paid for these instructions.