Proportional Integral Derivative (PID) Controller for your Bamboo Fly Rod Oven

CAUTION: THE BELOW PROCEDURE FOR CONNECTING A PID CONTROLLER WORKS FOR US, BUT IS ONLY PROVIDED HERE AS INFORMATION.   SINCE SUBSTANTIAL VOLTAGE AND CURRENT ARE INVOLVED, USE ABUNDANT CAUTION.  YOU SHOULD OBTAIN ASSISTANCE FROM A QUALIFIED ELECTRICIAN IF YOU AREN’T FAMILIAR WITH ELECTRICAL WIRING.

At Brasstown Creek we place our bamboo strips in heat treating fixtures from Harry Boyd (www.canerods.com) which assists in keeping the strips straight during the tempering process.  The oven we use was purchased from Bret Reiter at www.greenhighlanderflyfishing.com.

In order to obtain a more accurate (and much more consistent) temperature inside our Bamboo Oven than was possible with the standard electric oven thermostat control that came with the oven, we did two things:

First, we drilled small holes and inserted two very accurate high heat temperature probes (we used a dual probe high temperature thermometer, e.g. for BBQ cookers, from ThermoPro), each one 18 inches from opposing ends of the oven.  The digital readouts from the two probe sources enabled us to identify temperature gradients within the oven while tempering of the bamboo strips.  The accurate digital thermometers indicated that the standard oven thermostat can vary significantly (sometimes by as much as 40 degrees Fahrenheit) in temperature during its on/off operations.

Second, in an effort to eliminate the huge temperature fluctuation that can occur during on/off cycles with a standard oven thermostat, we replaced the old thermostat control with an InkBird ITC-100VH PID (Proportional-Integral-Derivative) controller to keep the temperature variations in the oven to within a few degrees.  Note – the InkBird ITC-100VH PID only registers temperature in Centigrade.

We ordered the “InkBird Dual Digital PID Temperature Controller 2 Omron Relay Thermostat 110-240V ITC-VH +40A SSR + K Sensor” from Amazon Prime.  It cost $37.79 at the time.  The K Sensor it came with (it requires a K Sensor) had a short probe length that would not have penetrated adequately through the Oven’s insulation, so we also ordered from Amazon Prime a “2.7m 8.8ft Thermocouple Temperature Control K Type Sensor Probe”.  The 2.7m is the length of the cabling; the probe length itself was approximately 4 inches and it cost $9.00 at the time of purchase.

One additional purchase we made was an “Uxcell Aluminum Heatsink Heat Dissipation for Solid State Relay SSR Type” from Amazon Prime, it cost $6.99 at the time.

We purchased small PVC Junction boxes from Home Depot to contain the PID components and wiring to reduce the possibility of accidental shock.  We drilled ventilation holes in the boxes. We bought wiring and connectors there also.

InkBird has a somewhat useful video on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZDkrR0Vhrc) which you can use in conjunction with the user manual that comes in the box.  Note – we had to experiment some with the K Sensor connections to the PID to obtain proper readings.

The PID maintains our desired 162.8 degree Centigrade temperature control to +/- 1.25 degrees Centigrade.  We are happy with that!

 

Nickel Silver Ferrules

A short description and history of Nickel Silver Ferrules and their use on Bamboo Fly Rods.  Also an example of the alloy’s composition.

Reel Seat Alignment

This Tip & Technique describes one approach to better aligning a reel seat onto your bamboo fly rod blank.  It combines several tools into a system that makes it easier to insure the reel seat lines up with the flat for your stripper guide.

YLI Silk Thread #100

This provides a general description of Threads, but goes into detail describing YLI Silk Thread, particularly #100 thread.  YLI Silk Thread #100 is made of Japanese pure filament silk and is an excellent silk to use when making Bamboo Fly Rods.

Care of Bamboo Fly Rods

Care of Bamboo Fly Rods is a skill set that will keep you fishing with your bamboo fly rod for years. Practice good maintenance before and after fishing.

Proportional Integral Derivative (PID) Controller for your Bamboo Fly Rod Oven

Installing a Proportional Integral Derivative (PID) Controller to obtain a better temperature control for your Bamboo Oven

Silk Fly Line: Manufacture and Care Information

A discussion of how Silk Fly Line is made and how it should be cared for to insure a longer life.

How To Attach A Furled Leader to Silk Fly Line

Process uses Phoenix Furled Leader, YLI Silk Thread, a fly tying bobbin, Phoenix Silk Fly Line, Cyanoacrylate, etc. to attach the furled leader to the silk fly line.

How To Attach A Braided Leader to Silk Fly Line

This process uses Phoenix Braided Leader, YLI Silk Thread, a fly tying bobbin, Phoenix Silk Fly Line, Cyanoacrylate, etc. to attach a braided leader to the silk fly line.

Furled Leader Information

A discussion of Furled Leader attributes.

Line Weight

A Table showing Fly Line Weights as established by The American Sportfishing Association (ASA).

Tippet Information

A Table showing a relationship between tippet size, line diameter, and fly size.

Modulus

A limited description of fly rod Modulus and a table with some examples.

Bamboo Fly Rod – Tips, Techniques, and Other Disasters

Various Tips and Techniques we have learned from others and worked through ourselves when fixing (or trying) our mistakes.

Heat Treating Bamboo Fly Rods

Brasstown Creek’s approach to heat treating bamboo fly rod blanks and a hyperlink to Bamboo in the Laboratory.

Cork Ring and Cork Grip Information

A short history of Portuguese Cork, cork rings, cork grips, grading information, etc.

Brasstown Creek Bamboo Fly Rod Dip Tube and Multi Extraction Motor System

Disclaimer The information below for setting up dipping tanks with Extraction Motors is the system used by Brasstown Creek, Inc. to dip our Bamboo Fly Rods.  While this works for us, there are many other methods, many are better, most are cheaper – but this is what we use.  We are not electricians and recommend anyone working […]

Brasstown Creek Bamboo Fly Rod Three (3) Piece Rod Wrapping Information Measuring and Cutting Rod Blanks

A description of how to take blanks for a three (3) piece bamboo fly rod, calculate the correct section lengths, then measure and cut them.

Brasstown Creek Bamboo Fly Rod Three (3) Piece Rod Wrapping Information Preparing and Installing Ferrules on Rod Blanks

A description of how to take blanks for a three (3) piece bamboo fly rod, prepare the nickel silver ferrules and ferrule stations on the bamboo rod blanks, then install them.

Brasstown Creek Bamboo Fly Rod Three (3) Piece Rod Wrapping Information Preparing and Installing Reel Seats

A description of how to take blanks for a three (3) piece bamboo fly rod, prepare the wood insert and nickel silver skeleton, and install it on the butt section of the rod.

Brasstown Creek Bamboo Fly Rod Three (3) Piece Rod Wrapping Information Preparing and Installing Guides

A description of how to take blanks for a three (3) piece bamboo fly rod, prepare snake guides, stripper guides, and a strap and ring hookkeeper, then install them.

Brasstown Creek Bamboo Fly Rod Three (3) Piece Rod Wrapping Information Dipping Rods

A description of how to take blanks for a three (3) piece bamboo fly rod and dip the rod sections in varnish.