100 watt ceramic is useless!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by RAnst4038, Aug 13, 2014.

  1. RAnst4038

    RAnst4038 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bought two of these black 100 watt ceramic infrared heaters on ebay.
    Set 8 inches from floor with thermometer under it for an hour.
    The thermometer didn't get above room temp. Can't feel anything on back of hand farther than 2" away.
    Conclusion; they are worthless. What should I try next? 44 good eggs in bator, room 90 in day, 80 at night.


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  2. ktn65

    ktn65 Out Of The Brooder

    Are you opposed to using a regular red 250 watt heat lamp bulb?

    Tonight I had to move one of my 2 week old CXs to an isolation brooder and only had a regular 100 bulb. The ambient temp in the room was 72. Mounted the light about 8 inches above floor where the temp is now 90.
     
  3. kittydoc

    kittydoc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Several regular incandescent (old fashioned) light bulbs might work for you, too, in a pinch. We had a set up using two regular light bulbs. One was always on, the other came on an off regulated by a thermostat. I could be wrong, but my recollection is that infrared heaters are designed to heat living things, not air and inanimate objects.

    I don't know how they work that way, but I have an infrared heater that is awesome for warming me on cold days when I'm about a foot away from it in my living room (and the cats fling themselves in front of it until I think they are going to fry their brains), but they just barely heat the sofa and the air. Yours might be good to use mounted over a brooder, but not for incubation. Just a thought... Good luck!
     

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