I'm very new to the method of heated plate brooders for chicks. Quite frankly, I think this is the way to go from here on. They are a lot more convenient, energy efficient and the way they function is very similar to the real thing(a hen). I recently purchased both a Brinsea and another brand I had not seen around Comfort Chicks. The Brinsea I am very pleased with, although it was quite expensive compared to the Comfort Chicks. I see a lot on the Brinsea so I would like to discuss the other, Comfort Chicks. http://comfortchicks.com/ Is their website, they seem to be based in Holland http://comfortchicks.com/specs/ Their specs look to be 220/240 for everything, however the one I purchased was a WP30 that is rated 110/120(assuming they did this for US sales). Things I like about this design. -If you order from Premier1, as I did, they have a cover for the top. This was my biggest issue with the Brinsea. With the Brinsea, I have to make something. With this, I have one designed to keep them off the top. When it gets dirty, I just toss it into a dishwasher/scrub it in the sink. -The legs are of a different design. The legs seem to be metal. They are grooved with a series of rings for height adjustment. They have a spring loaded tab to hold the grooves. This is what I expected the Brinsea to be. I was disappointed to discover the Brinsea was plastic and threaded when I received the brooder. -This brooder was much cheaper than the Brinsea. Things that I am concerned with. -The plate is metal and therefore could, under some circumstances, prove hazardous if water is spilled on the heater. I could be wrong, it could have a safety mechanism for this. -The plate gets VERY hot. There is a safety feature that blows a fuse if the temperature exceeds 120°C. But that is Celsius, and if my math is correct, that is just shy of 250°F. WELL ABOVE BOILING! If it were that hot I wouldn't have chicks anymore! Of course when I say "VERY hot" I don't mean that it felt close to boiling temperature. But it definitely felt warmer than the skin of a hen(102.5°F). I am curious what others opinions may be on this product, if one has used these.