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Recommend thermostat for homade incubator

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Hi, I'm new to this forum so forgive me if I am not doing something right. I have been researching for a few months and have decided to make a small homemade incubator for hatching eggs instead of spending big money on an incubator. I have most of the basic supplies besides a thermostat and a fan for the incubator. Any suggestions for what kind I should get (preferably under $15). Any tips for building? Thanks!
post #2 of 9
Most recommend a wafer thermostat but I have sucessfully used a hot water heater therm. You have to install it very close to the heat source and you can find a wiring diagram online. Good luck!
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I have heard about the wafer thermostats but I don't know how they work or how to set them up could someone explain
post #4 of 9

A lot of folks are using, and very pleased with STC1000.  Digital with a probe that goes at egg level, so you can check temps throughout bator.

Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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Originally Posted by lazy gardener View Post

A lot of folks are using, and very pleased with STC1000.  Digital with a probe that goes at egg level, so you can check temps throughout bator.
I've hear a lot of good things about the STC1000 but I cannot find it in Fahrenheit. Do you know where I could find it
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I've hear a lot of good things about the STC1000 but I cannot find it in Fahrenheit. Do you know where I could find it
Saw one in Fahrenheit on amazon.
post #7 of 9

You can find them in farenheit, celcius, and with a toggle switch to go back and forth.

Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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Originally Posted by lazy gardener View Post

You can find them in farenheit, celcius, and with a toggle switch to go back and forth.
Sounds great! Thank you
post #9 of 9

The stc 1000 has dual relays, one for heat and one for cool.  On single relay models there is usually a delay function to protect compressors when used for cooling. This will also delay the thermostat from switching on when used to heat. This delay will increase the on - off temperature differential somewhat.

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