building a incubator. please help

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by doright, Nov 13, 2009.

  1. doright

    doright New Egg

    Nov 13, 2009
    i am building it out of a old stand up type freezer. i plan on using infrared heat lamps for the heat source. but i am trying to decide what is the best thermostat to use. I see that alot of people are using hot water heater thermostats and i am just concerned that it will very in temp to much.
    i am using a 8in desk fan for the ari movement. I have built a egg turner out of a 110volt motor controled by a timed relay, the frame work is made from pvc pipe with egg cartons with holes cut in the bottum for the egg cradles.
    if u guys have a better idea's for the egg cradles or the thermostat i would be very greatfull for any info!
    thanks in advance.
  2. muddstopper

    muddstopper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2008
    Murphy NC
    check with Chris

    His thermostats use a sensor mounted on a wire so that the thermostat can be mounted outside the incubator away from the corrosive effects of the humdity, yet still allow you to place the sensor in your egg trays for a more accurate monitoring of proper temperature. This method is way more effective than a waterheater thermostat and is flexible enought that it can be incorporated in most any incubator design. The thermostat is also rated for way more than the other electronic thermostats on the market so you dont have to worry about whether your heat source will be more than the thermostat can handle.
  3. Chook-A-Holic

    Chook-A-Holic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2009
    Central, N.C.
    A lot is going to depend on your budget or how much you want to spend. If you don't really want to use a water heater thermostat, then you have a choice between a wafer thermostat or an electronic thermostat. There are quite a few here at BYC that has had great success using the water heater thermostat. I personally spent the extra 10 bucks and got the wafer thermostat for my wine chiller/incubator conversion. I found that the water heater thermostats to be too cumbersome for my liking while helping others build incubators.

    Last edited: Nov 13, 2009
  4. Rebel Rooster

    Rebel Rooster I Will Love! :)

    Jun 29, 2009
    Central SC
    My Coop
  5. chayton

    chayton Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 28, 2009
    Weatherford, TX
    The best $70 I spent was for a RANCO Electronic Temp controller from w.w. grainger.

    you can set the differential to +/- 1 degree. the accuracy is 1% kinda high but it will nail the temp
  6. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Just put the thermostat close to the light an it will work fine. No need for anything more pricey.

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