GQF Incubator 1266 Heater/Electronic Thermostat Question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Bowslayer2, Jan 22, 2015.

  1. Bowslayer2

    Bowslayer2 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok...I just got a 1266 Incubator with automatic turner and Brooder. I paid $150 for both...and I think it was a good deal? However, I know nothing about them and although I have been researching like crazy...I am still confused and have a few questions.

    First for background...Each unit has a wafer thermostat in the back/middle portion of the incubator and an electronic thermostat model # 3140 110 volt ac/400W near the front of the incubator. They have a fan in the back of the incubator. see pics

    I found how to set the temperature on the incubator and brooder by first setting the wafer thermostat to 102 F...which I did on both units then setting the electronic thermostat to about 99 to 100 F...which I did on the Incubator but it appears the Brooder's electronic thermostat is broken as I cannot get it to lower the temp to 99-100 F..

    So...what heats the incubators? Is it the electronic thermostat or something on the fans....or these porcelain insulators https://www.gqfmfg.com/store/comersus_viewItem.asp?idProduct=115 ? I see these in the back of both the brooder and incubator.. see pics

    I want to replace the existing thermostats with an electronic thermostat and am thinking something like this http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F05UI8O...lid=35XFS9S38OYHE&coliid=I3O5TD3HZ8675X&psc=1 .

    So...as my brooder is no longer heating ... or at least appears to be only controlled by the wafer thermostat? with electronic thermostat broken?...what heats my incubator and brooder? I assume the old broken electronic thermostat is not a heater and could just be replaced with the above electronic one as opposed to spending $85 from GQF to get a replacement non-digital thermostat? https://www.gqfmfg.com/store/comersus_viewItem.asp?idProduct=149 I really do want a digital thermostat..as it would be easier to set and maintain..

    I hope this is not confusing...but I don't want to spend a bunch of money for something I don't want... or need. Any suggestions?

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    Thanks!
     
  2. Bowslayer2

    Bowslayer2 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok...I did some research and will answer my own question [​IMG].

    The item that heats the incubator is the screen and wiring hooked to the porcelain insulators. It is situated in front of the fan so that as it heats up the warm air is blow by the fan and distributed to the rest of the incubator. The Thermostats only regulate the heating unit.
     
  3. okiejeep

    okiejeep New Egg

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    I believe the thermostat is out on mine. Did the one you listed above off Anazon work?
     
  4. Bowslayer2

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    The thermostat turned out great. I got about 90 percent hatch rates on a hundred and fifty chickens and about 80 percent hatch rate On 60 turkeys.
    For some reason my hatch rate on Turkey's has not been as good as chickens.
    The biggest problem I had was calibrating the temperature as I did not have an accurate thermometer to calibrate it too. Both of my thermostats came point eight degrees low, but once I figured that out my hatch rate success was great.
    The thermostat is extremely easy to calibrate and I was able to calibrated point eight degrees.I know there are "better ones out there that are accurate to 0.2 degrees, but this one keeps it within 1 degree and the way I set it within half a degree of the desired temperature.
    I personally don't see a reason to spend 80 or 100 bucks on one when this one is 15 or less.
     

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