Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 12
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JIM Works well for my use
I hear my heater kick on and whenever I check the temperature is near 35 Degree F. The salamder heats the back porch so well it shuts the power off at 45.
January 13, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by FreezeBusterCustomer Freezebuster TC3 Initial Review
I purchased a Freezebuster TC3 to evaluate it for providing control of small 300 watt fan-forced heaters I am installing for backup freeze protection in my water treatment equipment shed and wellhouse buildings in case either buildings' insulation is not enough. We have had some winter lows where I live in NC down to 8 deg-F the past couple of years. I purposely purchased heaters without a thermostat for several reasons: 1) Typical portable "room heater" thermostats can only be set down to around 50 deg-F, 2) I wanted these heaters to only be energized below around 35 deg-F, 3) Using things like heat tape are not really suitable and would be very costly for this application, and 4) Using "light bulbs" for freeze protection is a royal pain in the posterior. The heaters also were purchased from Home Depot.
Before purchasing the TC3, I did some research on this simple thermostat, along with other alternatives, and the results were very favorable. I tested the TC3 and the results showed that it works very suitably for this application. This coming winter will be its "first" real test, so I have no actual experience with the TC3 in actual use. I do expect it to provide its designed function. In fact, I will be ordering 2 additional TC3's -- one for the second building, plus one for a spare. The installation in the second building will utilize the same type of heater.
Installation is easy; however, one needs to consider where the TC3 will be mounted since it is made to be directly plugged into a receptacle.. You would want the TC3 to be located where the "coldest" area would be, so this may require use of an extension cord to place the TC3 where needed.
I wished HD stocked this item in their stores for convenience.
October 22, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SkyGuy Thermocube Works Well
Great Product! I have used this to bring on auxiliary emergency heat for my chicken coop for three years. I use a 100 w and a 150 w reptile bulb normally but when the temp near the floor drops to 35 degrees F the thermocube brings on another 250 w reptile bulb. I use a remote temp transmitter so the temp can be read from the house for safety checks and two dial thermometers in the coop so I can read both the floor temp and the elevated nesting and resting area temp. The thermocube dependably brings the auxiliary heat on at 35 degrees F and off at 45 degrees F keeping the coop between 50 and 60 degrees F, even at -10 to -20 outside. (the coop inside dimension is 7' x 7' x nearly 6' high and is well insulated.)
February 27, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by singlebuyer unusual product
the plug starts and stops the heating source within a small temp range. in my basement i have it set up with a 1300w small heater near some water pipes. if the temp dives this will kick in and turn my heater on and keep it on until it rises to the preset limit and it cuts off. rinse, lather,repeat. product could be used many ways. just have to see a need
December 18, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by frozen Just not sure
Purchased this no-freeze plug to use in my well house so that I don't have frozen pipes. So far it has not come on that I've been able to tell and the temperature outside has been in the 30's overnight. Supposedly this plug should supply electricity at a temperature well above 32F degrees and it just doesn't seem to be happening.
December 17, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by drone does the job
We had an expensive greenhouse heater with a thermostat jammed in the on position. I couldn't find a replacement part, so we opted for the freeze buster. It's actually a better alternative because its lowest setting on the heater was 65degrees. Through the last few weeks with nighttime temps hovering in the single digits, our remote thermometer reads 45 degrees plus or minus 5. Good product.
February 4, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Eamo It seems to work, but reliability is as yet unknown.
The stated turn on temperature is "approximately" 35 f. "Approximately" is correct. So far, the unit kicks on but the air temperature is closer to 33/34 f. before it does so. There is very little room for error that close to freezing.
My recommendation is a guarded one.
December 10, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by ASGM Does what I needed
I use this to turn on the heat lamp in my chicken coop to help keep the water from freezing. It turns on and off just fine, but I really don't know at which temperatures. I don't know about its longevity especially since it was so difficult to get plugged in.
December 25, 2013