Thermosiphon La Pavoni - Page 2

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aecletec

#11: Post by aecletec » Feb 16, 2017, 8:52 am

Does the PID have an auto-tune or manual tune?

perfectwheels

#12: Post by perfectwheels » Feb 16, 2017, 11:22 am

I've always assumed it was an auto-tune...time to read the manual.

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drgary
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#13: Post by drgary » Feb 16, 2017, 12:18 pm

That PID controller should be just fine once you tune it. Others here will have recommendations on the autotune routine. This might be a good place to start.

Coffee guy's oversimplified guide to setting your PID
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#14: Post by perfectwheels » Feb 16, 2017, 4:29 pm

Ok... the auto-tune was turned off, now it's on! The machine is settling into temp changes right away now.

Thanks for the link Gary. It's time for some reading on pid controllers.

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#15: Post by perfectwheels » Feb 21, 2017, 3:22 am

Case work:

The side panels are going to be wood...using cardboard to mock up the shape.

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I've used this diamond plate for the top of a few machines now, I like the way it ties in visually with the drip tray grating.

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Just enough space to grab the boiler cap and remove it for filling when the machine is not plumbed in.

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#16: Post by perfectwheels » Mar 05, 2017, 6:23 pm

The final push!


Bead blasted and painted with high temp gloss black. Normally a powder coat would be in order, maybe later.

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Almost all the parts ready...just the ones that have been put off because I've been losing steam on this project. It has taken 80+ hours which is much longer than I expected. In addition my mind has moved on to the next reiteration...

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Poor planning on the frame build required the bottom plate to be a box shape instead of just a plate.

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Constructed from an old espresso machine surround.

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Perforated aluminum plate purchased on Craigslist for $10.

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Drip tray.

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Shroud to protect the pid controller. I marked the cutout upside down the first time. At least with metal one can weld it back together.

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Coming together.

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The feet were turned out of aluminum round stock using a taper attachment. I gave up on the original steam valve and used one from a La Pavoni.

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The panel is cut at an angle both front and rear but it is really hard to photograph.

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Galvanized sheet for the back panel. I made one for the front as well but ended up liking the painted one better. I'm not really wild about the black though. If I have the machine powder coated I'm thinking avocado.

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The final product: Plumbed in, temp stable, pid controlled La Pavoni.

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drgary
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#17: Post by drgary » Mar 05, 2017, 7:54 pm

Great Larry! Your own Eurobar/Cremina. So what's the "next iteration" you had in mind? :shock:
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#18: Post by perfectwheels » Mar 05, 2017, 8:46 pm

Well... still undecided but I'm thinking about a water saturated group with a second boiler for steam would be cool. The downside is the requirement for line pressure reducing the portability. I also wanted to do some testing with the La Pavoni as an open boiler. I believe others have done this with mixed results but firsthand knowledge is best. Anyway, I'm just playing around trying to build a better mousetrap.

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#19: Post by Chert » Mar 05, 2017, 9:01 pm

The machine stays hot-just right and the project is COOL!

Thanks for sharing with us.

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drgary
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#20: Post by drgary » Mar 05, 2017, 10:37 pm

perfectwheels wrote:Well... still undecided but I'm thinking about a water saturated group with a second boiler for steam would be cool. The downside is the requirement for line pressure reducing the portability. I also wanted to do some testing with the La Pavoni as an open boiler. I believe others have done this with mixed results but firsthand knowledge is best. Anyway, I'm just playing around trying to build a better mousetrap.
Maybe these are different machines. A painter doesn't just create one painting and scrape it off to recreate it (unless you really like the Etch A Sketch).
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