Anyone worked with old kerosene incubator, like Buckeye? More photos!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jennholly, Feb 29, 2008.

  1. jennholly

    jennholly New Egg

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    Hi, everyone. This is my first post to the forum.

    I recently acquired an old Buckeye incubator, "style e." Has anyone ever worked with these old kerosene incubators? It's a small one, holding maybe 50 eggs. I'll try to post some pics.

    I don't understand how the thermostat is supposed to work. I know I'm missing a few pieces, but I'm not sure which pieces are supposed to exist. [​IMG]

    I also do not have the kerosene lamp for it. Is it possible to convert it to electric?

    (edited to attempt to add photo)

    Here (hopefully) is a picture of the incubator with the heating element improperly configured.


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  2. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    Oh my...I hope someone comes along that can help you...that will be a great incubator to get back into shape...I do think I have seen some of those and their parts once or twice on ebay .....
     
  3. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    If you don't get it working, I will buy it. I have been wanting one to go in the livingroom for a small coffeetable.
     
  4. jennholly

    jennholly New Egg

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    Ok - here are some more pictures...

    In this picture is what I believe to be part of the thermostat. It is located inside the incubator against the back wall.
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    Attached to one end of that piece, this hook goes through the roof of the incubator, and connects to the lever on top.
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    The other end of that hook is attached to this fulcrum. To the left, you can see the weight that balances the lever. I have no idea if I am supposed to adjust anything on the fulcrum. The other end of the lever attaches to the heating element.
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    What does the end of the lever attach to?
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  5. jennholly

    jennholly New Egg

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    Also, there is a tray with a screen in it, and a tray with burlap. Any idea what the burlap tray is for?

    Do you think this would be sterile enough to really use?
     
  6. skeeter

    skeeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my grandma hatched thousands of eggs outta one like that in the 30s and 40s,hope you get it going
     
  7. jennholly

    jennholly New Egg

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    Thanks, Skeeter - I hope I get it going, too. It's kind of part of my "If I won the lottery" plan... but without winning the lottery. A lottery win would sure help, though.

    Kristin... I've played around with the idea of selling it, but I'm going to hang on a little more. It really is a cool piece.

    So... has no one used a thermostat that looks like this? I'm still looking for help...[​IMG]
     

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