I found a broken chest freezer dumped on the street and plan to turn it into a honey warming cabinet. I have a thermostat and a 200watt ceramic infrared heat lamp (intended for reptile terrariums). The plan is pretty basic- drill a hole into the freezer to get the lamp cable and thermostat probe in- mount the lamp at the top- and control it with the digital thermostat. The one thing I am wondering is: where should I put the thermostat probe inside the freezer? The lamp actually generates quite a lot of radiant heat, and I am slightly concerned the wattage may be too high. If I put the probe somewhere where the lamp beams can hit it- I imagine it will heat up and switch off fairly quickly. That might cause the lamp to cycle on and off more than I would like. Conversely I could put the lamp in a position where it is shielded from the beams- but then I’d worry the lamp would pump out too much heat before switching off.
My thermodynamics are not the best- does anyone have any ideas for me?