calling all styrofoam cooler incubater makers

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by firechicken, Jan 11, 2008.

  1. firechicken

    firechicken Songster

    Jul 11, 2007
    Covington, GA
    How do you mount your lights? Anyone experience any burning of styrofoam?
    I am paranoid about the one I am making, so would to like hear how others have mounted theirs and some basic do's and dont's . Thanks
  2. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    OT: I wanna put that on my resume

    Styrofoam cooler incubator maker.

    [​IMG] But sorry I'm not there yet.
  3. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Songster

    Quote:say that 3 times fast first wild........ incubator maker incubator maker incubator maker....... [​IMG]
    Seriously.I want to watch this thread to learn bout these........gonna try one some day !
  4. firechicken

    firechicken Songster

    Jul 11, 2007
    Covington, GA
    incubator maker, incubaker mater, incumaker bater

    See I can do it just fine.
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2008
  5. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Songster

  6. Queen of the Lilliputians

    Queen of the Lilliputians Songster

    Apr 5, 2007
    I was worried about that, too. So I wrapped a TON of black elec. tape around the socket (none on the lightbulb though [​IMG] ). Checked a zillion times for melting..

    My lightbulb is 40watt (I think), and is one of those longer, tapered candle-looking ones.

    Haven't had any melting going on at all. And that baby has been running.. for 1.5mos straight (bad hatch.. left to see if it was a temper. prob. new batch in now)


    I think I prefer.. styrofoam incubator technician [​IMG]
  7. jab91864

    jab91864 Songster

    Apr 3, 2007
    Northern Michigan
    I put the socket thru the hole in the side of the foam tape and it has run last year for several batches. It is running now. I have had no burning issues or heat damage to the area.

    Good luck !!! This is where I should insert my disclaimer saying I am not responsible if you burn your home down...yadda yadda yadda.

    Julie [​IMG]
  8. KingsCalls

    KingsCalls Songster

    Oct 22, 2007
    New Market,Tn.
    I make a hole in the side that the socket fits tightly into. You can buy some aluminium tape (they use it for putting around the seems of duct work) and put it in about a 6" square where the light is if you are worried about a fire issue. I have done this on one of mine. On the other I have a can that the light goes in and the socket goes through the can and into the side of the cooler.
  9. sgray136

    sgray136 Songster

    May 11, 2007
    Huntertown, Indiana
    I am in the process of building a styrofoam bator and have looked at quite a few plans. I have adapted a bator put together by a Forum member by the name of Miss Prissy.

    I mounted my light differently from her's in that she used a bottle lamp socket so she could cover all her wiring and ran the wires directly through the foam wall using the foam as mount.

    I cut two 4"x4" square pieces of wood veneer (wall panelling would work). I hot glued one piece to the inner wall where I was mounting my light and then glued the other on the outside directly on the other side of the foam wall. I then drilled two holes through the wall and the two pieces of wood for mounting the flush mount light socket. I used washers on both sides to spread out the mounting stress to the styrofoam.

    I used a flush mount scocket that is screwed directly to it's mounting and then the wires are attached onto the two poll screws. I covered the connections with electrical plastic paint sold in the electrical section of Lowe's or Home Depot. The paint is the same stuff that a person can dip his tool handles into to insulate them.

    The wood panels protects the styrofoam from the heat and adds a lot more support for the light socket. I found the flush mount to also be cheaper.

    Go to this site for some ideas:

    Hope this helps.
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2008
  10. luvzmybabz

    luvzmybabz Songster

    Oct 11, 2007
    I used an old lamp for mine and threaded the rod through so I could screw it on the outside I was also worried about the melting. I will post a picture in a little bit I need to get it out to get it cleaned up to use as a hatcher anyway.

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