homemade incubator thermostat for ones with the bulbs as heat

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by swiftfoot, Apr 8, 2008.

  1. swiftfoot

    swiftfoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    many people have asked me how to get a thermostat and where for their homemade incubators here is what i told them:
    go to a local hardware store and buy a lamp or light dimer(lowes or homedepot etc.)
    plug your incubator bulb electric source int the dimmer
    when your temp is to high dim the lights a little (or vice versa) wich reduces the heat
    this has only been tested on homemade incuabtors with lightbulbs for a heatsource
     
  2. priszilla

    priszilla Chillin' With My Peeps

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    great idea- DH has "found" something we already have to try building a homemade bator-I sent him this tip:lol:
     
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    With this method, do make sure the room you are in, the temps day and night don't fluctuate and there are no drafts since the dimmer isn't going to control the temp per se, just set the lamp at a certain output.
     
  4. swiftfoot

    swiftfoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    doesnt the flucuation temp. rule go with all incubators[​IMG][/img]
     
  5. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    this doesnt make sense-for the light would be on all the time and could become too hot at anytime! I dont understand this at all..
     
  6. swiftfoot

    swiftfoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the dimmer dims the light wich puts of less heat all you have to do is adjust it to your thermomeror
     
  7. perrym1962

    perrym1962 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I found it to be the best just to order a wafer type thermostat to regulate the heat. Keeps it within 1/2 degree in mine. [​IMG]
     
  8. twigg

    twigg Cooped up

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    Quote:It works because you set the dimmer to a point where the heat given out by the bulb equals the heat being lost by the incubator.

    It ONLY works in absolutely stable rooms.
     
  9. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    It does sound like a good idea but I dont know how you can get that stable of a room temperature----how about a wafer thermostat hooked up in parallel with a dimmer switch--set both and if for some chance the room temperature varies to a dangerouse level than the wafer thermostat can shut the light off. The dimmer switch doesnt cost much though. Where as the wafer thermostat is a bit more. Combined together I think it could be as good as an electronic thermostat at about 1/4 - 1/3 the cost.
     
  10. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    It works best in the basement . In rooms where there are no exterior walls or windows. If you use this method, keep away from the window, put your bator in a cardboard box and put it by a interior wall. If you need something that regulates the teperature by switching the light on and off , you need to use a thermostat type that would be used with a A/C or heat system. The most popular ones are made by Ranco and Johnson. And those are still around 40+$. so you might as well buy a cheap bator.
     

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