best heat source for DIY bator?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ~*B*~, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. ~*B*~

    ~*B*~ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2008
    what is the best heat source to use in a cabinet incubator?
    hubby is building mine as we speak and the only thing we
    do not have yet is the heat source as we were not sure
    what was best for a larger cabinet incubator.
    thank you very much!!

    more info post #4
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2009
  2. eschwaderer

    eschwaderer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2009
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2009
  3. backpack09

    backpack09 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 20, 2009
    Whitman, MA
    100watt light bulb with a backup night light to keep the temps more consistent is my opinion.
  4. ~*B*~

    ~*B*~ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2008
    ok i would really like to find something at the store.
    i can't wait for shipping smething. I need it now.
    maybe more info will help some. The cabinet is
    2'x2'x4'. there is a shelf up top for a water pan to
    sit and a little fan too. Do you think 100w will be
    hot enough to heat that space?
  5. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    I just put a hair dryer in mine.
  6. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region
    I have flexwatt heat tape (for reptiles) and a halogen puck light for under cabinets (over kill didn't need that much extra warmth) it's on a dimmer so I can fiddle when needed.

    Puck lights - especially the halogen 120v put out significant heat, can easily be rigged to dimmers, don't take up a lot of space and are easy to mount. I use velcro stickies until I get the position right.

    Yours is bigger than mine, a puck or two would probably work well, and is easy to alter, swap and move those puck lights, you can also chain them or put one on the thermostat and rig one seperate for adjustments.

    Xenon is not as hot, but is avail as a puck light and can be linked to one another. I don't know about a dimmer for those though.

    Halogen pucks are about 9, xenon about 8, dimmers 8-9$

    Porcelain lamp mounts are about 4, and a light bulb - not much,

    and the lower water heater thermostat runs 8-10 depending where you find it.

    Lots of options.

    Part of it is about whether you want to go simple or fiddle with things.
  7. killer

    killer Chillin' With My Peeps

    i see one made with one of those small heaters from walmart. about 15 to 20 dallors. it hase a 6 inch fan and a heating coil built right in. he had it set on low heat. plugged in to a ext. cord that had been split and a themastat put in the middle of the hot wire.

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