Flex Watt Incubator Heating Element

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Hilltop, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. Hilltop

    Hilltop Hatching

    Mar 10, 2010
    Signal Mountain
    I'm in the early stages of building an incubator and I ran across this on the Incubator Warehouse site. Has anyone used this before?

  2. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Crowing

    Oct 16, 2008
    used what? do you mean a spring-like heating coil mounted on porcelain knobs? then, yes I have..

    How much are they asking for it? You can buy those from www.cutlersupply.com along with thermostats and all other components to build a bator or brooder.. Their prices are very competitive.. I have also used the solid ring like those in the Hovabator.. You just have to keep it isolated so that new chicks cannot bump against it.. behind a shield or higher up in the bator.. I would recommend adding a fan to circulate the heat better..
  3. jmagill

    jmagill Songster

    Mar 9, 2009
    Western Wyoming
    I have not used it, but Brinsea uses that type of heater in their incubators. It should work great.
  4. thebirdguy

    thebirdguy Songster

    Nov 22, 2010
    Idaho Falls
    I use the Flexwatt tape in my incubators and love it... I have the 11 inch tape wired directly into my digital thermostat and it has been working great.. I'm just in the process of building a bigger better one.. [​IMG]
  5. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Flexwatt is not the wire, its this.

    I have seen it used in incubators but its not supposed to be used where it may get over 100*F. That sounds ok cause the incubator only needs to get to 100 but to do that effectively the heater needs to get much hotter. The person that used it in theirs covered most of the back wall of a fridge with it an stuck a thermostat directly to it. Said it worked but I would use something else.

    "Keep tape under 95 degrees!"- http://beanfarm.com/product_info.php?products_id=5569&osCsid=a17f297ada5ce3849eb01d90fd8274cd

  6. gumbii

    gumbii Songster

    Oct 7, 2010
    bell gardens, ca
    i use 4" heat tape in my brooder... first days i kept it at 105° with no problems... on week two and it says it's at 90° right now... when i first tried it out it was at 115° and that was the hottest i got it...

    it works great and heats up a huge area with only >32W...

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