The specs on this heater says it draws 13 amps! Be careful when hooking it up to a computer power supply, it may not put out that much power.
I am starting a coolerbator tonight. My build is planned to be in the following configuration:
coleman cooler (54 quart I believe)
water heater thermostat with additional holes drilled in it to improve temprature sensitivity
6 - 15 watt light bulbs. If one burns out I doubt it will even affect the temprature. I happen to have on hand about a thousand sockets and bulbs for this so I wanted to make use of them.
1/4" hardware cloth for the bottom and to "fence" off the electrical stuff so the chicks can't get into it
Plexiglass for a window
Thermometer/hygrometer - I will use an indoor/outdoor one with a probe that we already have and will probably buy one more and run both in there
I happen to have a rare 120v ac computer fan (no dc transformer needed). Was used on an old mainframe computer back in the 70's!
PVC egg turner that can be manually turned from the outside. I would like to eventually work out a way to motorize this. Any ideas?
Not sure about the water trays I will use to raise the humidity. I will use the funnel and hose through the cooler drain to fill the trays though.
So far I've only had to buy the $9 hot water heater thermostat. I may have to buy some pvc, not sure if I have that on hand. This bator should come in under 20 bucks! Most of the ideas I am using are from Quintinp. The main differences being the 120v AC fan, 6 small light bulbs instead on one bigger one, all electrical connections will be internal to the bator and in an electrical box enclosure. I have to say (about the last thing there) that I don't like how many people make their connections external to the cooler. It's ugly and only mildly safe. I am building mine in a way that would meet most electrical codes.
Have I fogotten anything? Any suggestions are appreciated. I'll try to take some pics as I go so I can post the build.