Homemade cooler Bator' Hold temps better than a LG??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by KYBOY, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. KYBOY

    KYBOY Songster

    Mar 8, 2008
    I was curious..I know a lot of folks use coolers of one type or another to make homemade incubators..We all know how sensitive Little Giants are to ambient room temperature....Just how well does your homemade cooler incubator hold up to temperature swings in the room its in? just how well does it hold temp if the room gets a bit cold?
  2. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Crowing

    Feb 21, 2009
    Columbia river gorge
    my little home made bator has a slightly higher temp swing then my LG .
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Mine works like a charm. Made from a 48 qt cooler, it's better insulated than the styrobators. Check it out in my sig line.
  4. Irajoe

    Irajoe Songster

    Jan 3, 2009
    South Carolina
    I really like the LG...but the temperature on my mine does creep upwards without any change in room temperature or humidity. However, it is not drastic and only requires a slight adjustment every few days. The advantage to the LG is that the temperature swing between the heating element turning off and on is hardly noticable.

    The advantage for me with using a hot water thermostat on a homemade incubator was that I never had to adjust the temperature. Once I established the right setting, it stayed at that temperature the whole time. It took me a while to be comfortable with 4 - 6 degree swings in the air temperature...a water wiggler eased my concern there.
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    One thing with the cooler is that if you put in a window, you must put in a double-paned one or you will lose heat out the window area. My best bator is an old small dorm fridge.
  6. KYBOY

    KYBOY Songster

    Mar 8, 2008
    I have an old LG as a back-up..As long as the room temp is stable my LG holds like a rock..Dead steady, but when the room temp changes so does the LG [​IMG] Thats the oly thing about the LG that bothers me..If the room temp changes 5* then the LG will change a good 2* [​IMG]
    I was just really wondering if the cooler incubators hold temps better because of the thicker walls and better insulation?? Seems as so they should..
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Yes, the insulation is why they work well. It's also why my Fridge-a-Bator holds temp and humidity perfectly--it's super-insulated, being a refrigerator.
  8. sben451

    sben451 Songster

    Aug 26, 2008
    Anniston, AL
    My homemade bator, a Coleman cooler type, holds the temperature pretty well. I only put a single pane of glass in the lid (for a viewing window) and probably should have doubled it, as it does lose some heat there. I have just been covering the glass with a folded towel for insulation. I just move the towel when I need to look inside at the eggs and thermometers.
  9. Gumdrops

    Gumdrops In the Brooder

    Sep 3, 2008
    Wittmann, Arizona
    Quote:I lay a blanket over the top of mine. It works like a charm.
  10. KYBOY

    KYBOY Songster

    Mar 8, 2008
    Ive often wondered if the LG had just a bit stronger heating element would it hold temps better??? It only has a 25 watt element...Maybe a 100 watt heat rope??

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