how reliable are water heater thermostats?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by unclejohn, Dec 30, 2014.

  1. unclejohn

    unclejohn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    this link here
    http://www.rona.ca/en/water-heater-thermostat
    is my local rona shop. when i look at the picture though it looks like the temperature on it can only be set from 110F to 170F.
    i was thinking about maybe just getting a dimmer switch
    http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/lutron-credenza-cfl-led-lamp-dimmer-0528676p.html#.VKKvKF4Cw

    then i can just set the temp as i need. People have said that with dimmer switches if the power goes out then the dimmer will not turn the light back on, but i am usually home anyways

    are the water heater thermostats reliable at keeping it at 99.5?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    IMHO, the temperature differential between when they turn on power and cycle off is too wide, usually 3 degrees.
    Some people still use them by placing the thermostat and heat source farther away from the eggs.
     
  3. isethebye

    isethebye Out Of The Brooder

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    properly set up and mine holds 100.0 depending on the room temp it may fluctuate .5 degree.
    just had to turn it back on the 8th day from 100.4- 100 wireless temp reads 99.5 steady whereas the probe is more quick to respond.[​IMG]
     
  4. unclejohn

    unclejohn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what can i use rather than a water thermostat?
     
  5. Fred's Hens

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  6. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    [​IMG] Good resource links given.


    Some folks aren't cut out to build their own incubator. They just go to a website like Brinsea and order one. Others buy the foam incubators ready to rock and roll.

    I've built a half dozen incubators and enjoy the "craftiness" of it all. To each their own. You pay your money and you take your choice.

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  7. frg34

    frg34 Out Of The Brooder

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  8. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    An incandescent light constantly cycling will eventually burn out. Shouldn't happen with a metallic element.
    The only problem is that you can't tell if they're working by looking at them.
     

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