Digital thermostat

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by rambo3715, Sep 20, 2009.

  1. rambo3715

    rambo3715 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a digital touch screen Central Heat/Air Thermostat laying around. I would like to use that in fridge bator. Has anyone ever used one of these and if so, how would you wire it up?
     
  2. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've wondered about that too. I don't understand why you can buy a house thermostat with digital read-out, programmability, touch screen and wide array of options for $60, but a good digital reptile or incubator thermostat--with fewer features and a pain to use--starts at $80.

    Is there something about the house thermostats that makes them unsuitable for inside small spaces? Or are they just not accurate enough for the application?

    Sorry I'm not any help, rambo. I'm curious what answers you'll get, and would love to hear if you try it. [​IMG]
     
  3. cbiblis

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    i know from my feild that there a 2 degree variance not to mention that you need a 24v transformer to power them then a 24v to 120 relay to switch on the heat/fan or 24v to 12v relay depending on the system. The settup would cost about 120 dollars to have it function and vs. a 20.00 wafer therm it doesn't make since for a chicken project. Not to mention a 60 dollar electro therm that does the same job.
     
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  4. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aha! That makes sense. Thanks!
     
  5. rambo3715

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    Thats a bit more than I wanted to spend. Think I'll go with a wafer. Can someone post a diagram to wire a wafer.

    Thanks
     

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