I wanted to show my new incubator and give others potential ideas?
I scored yesterday, when I found a bale of hay, corn stalks with corn (from Halloween decorations I assume), and a large/thick Styrofoam container, in the alley!
I made the container into my new incubator:
This container is about 2 inches thick!
I drilled holes in a 1 inch "pvc" pipe and used metal rods to hold a 30 egg container, which I got on top of the dumpster outside of a pancake house. The container is glued to the pvc with very strong adhesive! The pipe rests on the holes on both sides of the container. I used another rod as a stopper. It is bent and is stopped by the sides of the incubator, so that the eggs will never turn upside down (or too far).
I bought a 4 inch vent fan from home depot for $15. It is in the bottom and circulates the air.
I covered the light with another piece of duct to try and prevent excess heat around the bulb.
I have two open holes in the container, one behind the fan to draw in fresh air, and one near the top to release air -- the temp was getting a little too warm.
Everything seems to be working! The temperature is uniformly correct.
The inner temp will vary if the outside temp varies but I'm not sure what the conversion will be? Five degrees on outside drops inner temp by 1 degree? If current room temp is 71 degrees and inner temp is 100 degrees what would that work out to be?
Anyway, I don't think it will be a problem, since room temp should remain consistent.The pvc extends to the outside, and is turned to rotate the eggs. They turn farther than pictured. I cut a opening in the top and have a plastic cover for viewing, so I hope to not have to open, unless I want to check development every so often?