Heater for diy incubator

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  1. along

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    Hi, i need ur advise
    Im planning to build diy incubator size 5ft ĺong x2ft height x2ft widht
    1 level for tray n 1 level for egg hatching and below for water
    So, my problem is what type of heater i need as my incu is force air
    What is the watt
    What is the heater design
    And what is the 220v and 12v mean?
    Please help me
     
  2. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    220v and 12v are the voltage. Your heater voltage should match your thermostat voltage and that should match the voltage of your electric supply, unless you are using a transformer.

    I found great deals on heaters on eBay, most are manufactured in China and so should be available to you.
     
  3. along

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    Dheltzel,
    Thanks for replying
    Im using digital termostat, i think it support 220v. Not sure i will check it later.
    So, the main question, how many watt heater will support incubator size 5ft long x 2ft height x 2ft widht. I didnt know which heater match the size incubator. Does heater 100watt or 200watt or 500watt
    Glad if u can help me decide which one will support good heat to my incu
     
  4. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    The wattage of heater is hard to calculate. It depends on the room air temp and how well insulated the incubator is. Also, how much ventilation,
    As long as you can mount if safely away from any combustables, a higher wattage heater is better. The thermostat will cycle it on less if it is more powerful than it needs to be. Just be safe. I had a heater that was glowing red is got so hot. An IR thermometer got a reading over 800 degrees and that made me a bit uncomfortable using that heat element. Starting a fire is not a good result of building your own incubator.
     
  5. along

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    Thanks for advice n explanation. Now i understand.
     
  6. robdog

    robdog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Okay Let me be the critic for your incubator
    How will you turn your eggs?
    How will you input a heater from one side to with enough wind force going into the incubator to even out everything from temperature to humidity?
    How will you control humidity for something so big.
    Where will they hatch?
    If you choose to hatch them in there how will you clean up the after hatch because I can guarantee mold will grow for after hatch?
    Will it be easy to clean?
    Is it as best energy efficient? ( You don't want a another $20 to your bill if your hatch fails because of a power outage or a heat burst)

    Answer these so I can think of a design for you to work your incubator?
    Also since you already have the measurements I assume you already have a box so if you can can you include a picture?
     
  7. along

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    Robdoh, thanks for convern with me.
    1. Im using slow motor with timer for turning the eggs
    2.they hatch in second level, below the egg turning level.
    3.i put newspaper in the hatching tray, as my imagination that is the easiest way. Haha
    4.humidity, erm, already lookup a humidity pipe, but i didnt know how to connect it to humidity controller n how to connect to water source, but, i think to put a tray of water m a hygrometer to know how much moistere in incubator wit a ventilation hole
    5for efficient, im not sure because for the size, 5watt bulb i think not support the heat.
    So, can u help me build the incu. I will attach the pic later
     
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  9. along

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    As u can see, im now still in progress with the incu, this box i get from rubbish collection centre. Haha
     
  10. robdog

    robdog Chillin' With My Peeps

    The issue is with hatching and incubating in same box in a forced air incubator when the chickens/quail/etc.. hatch their fuzz will get everywhere and be one heck of a clean up(And sterilization) and can cause mold and along with contaminate the other eggs you would be incubating at the same time as a hatch.
    ALso during a hatch with high humidity levels and a bacteria filled incubator it can cause mold.

    For humidity controlling you can use (This way is going the cheapest and DIYest as possible)*****
    This for a controller:
    https://www.amazon.com/AGPtek®-WH8040-Digital-Humidity-Controller/dp/B009VXXBCQ
    This for making the humidity:
    https://www.amazon.com/Aluminum-Fountain-Rockery-Fishtank-Birdbath/dp/B00PAK245E

    And you can hook it up using this wiring diragram
    http://benstarr.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/wiringstc1000.jpg


    Edit**: Just saw your location and hoping you could maybe find stuff like this over there if possible...
     
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2017

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