Converting standard wafer still air to have a thermostat

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by quailbrain, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. quailbrain

    quailbrain Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not one to hatch anything for the last few years but want to hatch this year. I have a standard still air hovabator with the golden wafer heating. I want to add a thermostat to control the heat better. Any suggestions as to how to do this. I have seen the thermostats on ebay for incubators? but I am not sure if I buy just a thermostat if I can throw it in and all will be good?

    Thank you!
     
  2. Mikeeeeeeeeee

    Mikeeeeeeeeee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Were it me, I would not sink the money into a foam bator.
    I would build a nice plastic cooler one from scratch, or just add a fan to the foam one.
     
  3. quailbrain

    quailbrain Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ignorance showing here... why add a fan to the foam incubator instead of a thermostat? Will this increase consistancy?
     
  4. tink69

    tink69 Out Of The Brooder

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    I also have a foam bator but mine is fan forced but would also like to change from wafer to thermostat any help is greatly appreciated!!!
     
  5. LoveMyBirds

    LoveMyBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Do not buy those water tank thermistats, (black square jobs) because they do not keep accurate temps that's needed for incubators..

    You'll need either a wafer or the new expensive Electronics type that will maintain the temp, I believe within .5 degree..
     
  6. pascopol

    pascopol Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Do not buy those water tank thermistats, (black square jobs) because they do not keep accurate temps that's needed for incubators..

    You'll need either a wafer or the new expensive Electronics type that will maintain the temp, I believe within .5 degree..

    Here is a proven one. I use it in my homemade bator, it keeps temp within.5-.7 degree, regardless room temp (My room temp swings 10 degrees day to night)

    http://www.ozbo.com/Repti-Temp-500R-Thermome/M/B0002AQD9A.htm

    It has a probe which you put in exact spot you want, and the thermostat body is outside the bator, has a nice dial and led light indicating "on" cycle.
     

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