A surface sensing thermostat providing temperature control in safe areas. Temperature set point adjustment can be completed, without opening the enclosure, via a removable plug in the lid. The 2 meter long stainless steel capillary is protected at the enclosure by a flexible conduit. Direct connection of the heating cable is possible. The thermostat is available in 3 temperature ranges: 0–50°C; 0–200°C; 50–300°C.