how fast should a homemade incubator heat up?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by shaggy, Oct 27, 2010.

  1. shaggy

    shaggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    2 degree's in 30 minutes


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    i am using a 60 watt light bulb
     
  2. rebel yell

    rebel yell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how big is your bator? what is it made out of?
     
  3. shaggy

    shaggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. rebel yell

    rebel yell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    styrofoam cooler works great.
     
  5. Clay Valley Farmer

    Clay Valley Farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think you will need insultation to achieve 99f with that amount of space and 60 watts. Also without insulation or much mass the incubator will be more likely to have even heat and will be subject to more ups and downs based on temperature changes if the surronding room temperature changes.

    For an insulated incubator 10-15 watts per cubic foot seams to be in the ball park. An 18 gal tub is going to be close to 2.5 cubic feet so a 60 watt bulb should get you there if you insulate.

    I might considder though putting in two bulbs maybe two 40W as this will give you a back up if one blows and two heat sources will also help to even out the heat.
     
  6. shaggy

    shaggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:good advice ... time to go mangle another one of the wife's light sockets
     

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