Building an incubator - thermostats?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by scoopy82, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. scoopy82

    scoopy82 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was just wondering who has built their own incubators and used a thermostat and who has gone without. I am currently building my own and am having trouble finding a thermostat with a suitable temperature range, there plenty between 50-80 degrees celcius [​IMG] but i need 25-40 celcius, plenty from overseas (I'm an Aussie) and i would prefer not to have to muck around changing connections, and am not sure about using an aquarium thermostat. How important/useful are they?
    Any help with this would be wonderful [​IMG]
     
  2. JCoogle

    JCoogle Chillin' With My Peeps

    I use a lower hot water heater thermostat. Here in the states every hardware store carries them and they only cost about $10. My temps swing from 97-103 but I have a very high hatch rate.
     
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  3. Raven81

    Raven81 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    im in New Zealand & ive got 2 instructions from off here & 1 locally of what to use & how to do it & i have a friend over in aussie who is sending me a heat pad ( hope to get it any day now ) & i have alot of parts coming & im still having probs finding a thermostat. but if you are interested i could send you via email the local instructions which uses a fish tank heater & a cooler bin. most instructions say a water cylinder thermostat works great
     
  4. scoopy82

    scoopy82 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Raven81, that would be great [​IMG] I will PM my email address to you.
    I will also try the local hardwares - at least if they dont stock them they may be able to point me in the right direction [​IMG]
    I should also add that my bator is a styrofoam box, heat source will be a lightglobe and I will have serveral thermometres and a hygrometre set up in there.
    Once I have the basics covered i will be asking questions about ventilation [​IMG]
     
  5. Rainwolf

    Rainwolf De La Menagerie

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    you can look at HVAC thermostats as well. you might have better luck there since they are for home/office air systems and should have the right temp ranges. I like ranco brand but don't know if that is in your area.
     
  6. MTopPA_18707

    MTopPA_18707 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've also heard of people using hot water heater thermostats for incubators - though they can be though to set and the 'on/off' temp swing [hysterisus] can be outside the target incubator temps.

    Many people swear by the wafer thermostat . . . which I've seen for about $25 dollar US.

    There are electronic thermostats that are quite expensive.

    Lastly, I've heard other people use a thermostat for reptiles.

    Best of Luck,

    Xriva
     
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  8. galanie

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