Homemade Hot water Incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by nenenick, May 10, 2007.

  1. nenenick

    nenenick In the Brooder

    May 6, 2007
    Hello, I thought I show one of my Homemade incubators. And try to post some pictures!
    It is heated by a kerosene lamp and hold around 50 eggs!



  2. chicks rule

    chicks rule Songster

    Apr 10, 2007
    SW MO
    that is too cool, never seen anything like it. Thanks for sharing.
  3. fowlweatherfriends

    fowlweatherfriends Songster

    Mar 14, 2007
    The Sunny South
    Hi, call me confused, but... how do you filter the kerosene fumes to keep them away from the eggs. Don't the fumes harm the developing eggs?
    Looks real neat though-is that an end table?

  4. SkeeredChicken

    SkeeredChicken Songster

    Feb 27, 2007
    Orlando, Florida
    Quote:There's actually a concept like it in plans you can dig up on the internet somewhere. The fumes don't really enter the bator. Water holds and even temp better air. Looks like the water is heated externally.
  5. That's really unusual.
    Let me see if I understand, there is water in the black container and pipes going into the incubator with the heated water.
    Is the brass 'arm' some sort of thermostat?

    Got any pics of the inside?

  6. nenenick

    nenenick In the Brooder

    May 6, 2007
    I've gotten many questions on this, so try to answer in one posting. I am a woodworker and have studied many incubators from the 1900 - 1940's. This incubator was a proto-type of a Buc keye Bantam model. The cabinate was constructed of hardwood, this in a full 1 1/2" thick. Heating is acomplished from a copper heating system that is fill with water. Outside the incubator is a copper boiler that heats the water. By convection, the heated water is circulated within the cabinet. There is a rubber bar (I used Nylon) inside that expands as the temp goes up (Thermal Expansion)that moves the mechanism outside. The arm hold a damper which covers the flue of the boiler for maximum heating of the water. As the rubber bar expands, it moves the arm that is counter-weighted to lift the damper off the flue, which then allows the lamp heat to escape out, thereby cooling the water. As the water cools, the rubber bar contracts, which again lowers the damper to heat water again. At end of bar, there is a adjustment knob to control temp. This incubtor works very well, and temperature is surprisingly constant and uniform within the cabinet. I believe it is better that electric, because it takes awhile for water to cool and therby reducing the ups and downs of a heated ekectric element!. I hope that I was able to answer your questions. No, I do not have this machine anymore, I sold it last month.
  7. skeeter9

    skeeter9 Songster

    That is amazing! What kind of hatch rate did you get with it?
  8. tkalito

    tkalito Hatching

    Mar 24, 2012
    The lamp is outside the Incubator. Not inside of it. Is the metal object seen on right of the picture.
  9. Adam7

    Adam7 Songster

    Dec 27, 2012
    Colorado Springs
    Nifty looking. Too bad you couldn't snap any pictures of the inside before you sold it.
  10. FLMomRN

    FLMomRN In the Brooder

    Jan 22, 2013
    How cool! Thanks for sharing!

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