So I am expecting my babies in a few week and this past weekend we set up a brooder in the house. I was very concerned about the heat lamp, but I use lamps for starting my seedlings and just thought It would be similar. I got a red bulb from the store after reading and plugged it in. The setup was basically a fifty gallon fish tank for a brooder for the first two weeks. I liked the idea of it being easy to see and clean etc etc. So I have the tank resting on a table which had a plastic tablecloth over it. Plugged in the lamp to make sure my thermometer was working and to get the lamp to a good height etc for when the chicks come. In like twenty minutes (just time to load my dishwasher in the next room) It melted the tablecloth under the tank. This completely freaked me out and I immediately unplugged it. Before this I was a little concerned with the heat lamp and the idea of a fire because we have had a fire in my home two years ago, and I still have nightmares about it. So I am really considering buying a Brinsea Ecoglow20. I feel silly making such a purchase for my bakers dozen chicks that are coming, as I don't expect to get anymore or need the ecoglow for more than one batch of babies. (Then again I originally ordered eight chicks, and wanted only six lol) SO chicken math may make the ecoglow worth it. Does anyone have any other recommendations. Obviously I do not have a mature hen that could be a broody for me....so that is out. Anyone have any experience with the Ecoglow they want to share? I have read some about the company and some reviews of the product, but the more the merrier... I feel like the cost is justifiable because of the peace of mind, but I really hate to explain that to my husband.