Black and Decker toast r oven as an incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by VI KING RANCH, Oct 3, 2011.


    VI KING RANCH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2011
    Campbell River
    So I bought a toaster oven for $2 at the thrift shop and thought that I could use it asan incubator! It has a thermostat and two elements and I think that it would work great! I think that could easily put in about 1 dozen bantam eggs in it now bought with slight mods I could see 2 dozen fitting fine! The nice thing about this model is that the thermostat can be adjust between 80-300f. I am hoping to set eggs on sunday just as a test run. I will let you all know if it works and I will post picks after I make the mods!
    Peace out
  2. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 12, 2009
    It sounds like a good experiment, some of those things have an automatic shut off though, that would be bad. Fire hazard would be my other concern, Good Luck though, I be watching to see what happens
  3. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 22, 2008
    Annetta Kentucky
    I dont think those toaster ovens are meant to run longer than 1-2 hours at a time and only with super vision.
  4. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Quote:I was just thinking that very same thing. If it's not designed to run constantly for long periods of time, I'd be worried about the overheating/burning out/fire risk... Edit: Not to say it's not a good idea and you shouldn't try it, just meaning you should be extra careful when setting it up for a dry run and testing it. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2011
  5. debs_flock

    debs_flock Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 14, 2011
    Shingle Springs, CA
    I hope it works out for you, but it doesn't sound like a good idea to me. Toaster ovens are the frequent cause of house fires and that's one being used for the purpose for which it was intended.

    I don't think running 24/7 for three weeks sounds like a good plan. Add to that it was $2 at a thrift store. I also doubt their thermostat is that accurate. A 5 degree fluctuation in the oven temperature while baking a frozen meal won't make much difference, can't say the same for hatching eggs. They don't have much insulation for keeping a steady temperature or humidity.

    I think comparing the expenditure of a new still air incubator with the cost of replacing your house might make the decision easier.

    But I hope your experiment works for you.

  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Good luck. I would test it first with a cup or bowl of water and see how steady the thermostat keeps the temp and how will you handle the humidity?
  7. quintinp

    quintinp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 22, 2010
    Southern Oklahoma
    I would see if the thermostat could be useable, but as for those heating elements being on all the time would be bad, but if you could take out the elements, than put a light fixture in it, and if the thermostat works, than connect that thermostat to the light fixture. I think it would look like a very neat incubator, but if you thought you were going to get a working incubator at a thrift shop for 2$, unfortunately, It isn't gonna happen.
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2011

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