Lab Oven for Incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by AngieChick, Feb 16, 2009.

  1. AngieChick

    AngieChick Poultry Elitist

    So, I have a lead on an old lab oven, which I thought could be converted to an incubator. It already has circulation, and I may be able to use the existing heating system. I would need to cut and install a window, put in a hygrometer and a humidity source. It's old, so it may need rewired. But, even if I have to redo the entire guts, I think for $30 it could still be a good deal. Does this seem doable? It's about 3 foot tall by around 2 foot wide (outside dimensions), and has 2 racks on it, which I would eventually like to replace with auto-turners.


  2. wilds of pa

    wilds of pa Songster

    Absolutely is workable.. you don't necessary have to put a window in it..but if i had it i certainly would..Do some test runs with it and see just how stable a temp it holds, then go from there to decide how to make it function like a chicken bator..very do-able

    Last edited: Feb 16, 2009
  3. hollymh

    hollymh *A Scrambled Egg*

    Feb 8, 2009
    My husband is a lab-rat and we were talking about using one of the labs test incubators for a chicken incubator lol We haven't gotten much further then talking about it, but it should work! Good luck!
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Sure! Sounds like a steal if you can get it to regulate at incubation temps, which it can likely do with some mods. My guess is it was used as a plastics autoclave b/c of the 105C on the front. I'd pass on the window thing depending on if the unit is water jacketed or not, and instead see if I could install a inner door so you could open the front door and see in with little disturbance to the air inside. (I wouldn't want to spring a leak)

    Good luck!
  5. AngieChick

    AngieChick Poultry Elitist

    Great, I will pick it up for sure then! Thanks so much for the feedback.

    Silkie, the picture isn't the real one I am picking up, but a pic as close as I could get to it. It has on the front a paper with a cheat sheet of what the temps are, it goes down to 30C and up pretty high, I don't remember exactly how high. It's an old OSU surplus model, so I have no idea which lab was cooking up what in it. I'll totally post a pic of it when I pick it up. I love the idea of an inner door, it hadn't crossed my mind that it could have water circulating through it. Shows how much time I've spent playing in labs. I think the inner door could be easier to do than cutting into the door too. I could have some plexi cut the right size and rig it in there. You are a genius.

    I've been wanting a "project", and this one should be fun.

  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Good luck with the project! Sounds like fun! Just run a Geiger counter over it before you lug it home just in case. LOL J/k. I'm sure they cooled off any hot instruments before surplussing them.
  7. greathorse

    greathorse Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    Northern Colorado
    I hope I am not hijacking this thread, but was just given a lab incubator. It was used at a water plant to grow who knows what. It holds temp perfectly but I dont beleive has air exchange and pretty sure it is still air. All stainless steel not sure how to get air into it.
  8. AngieChick

    AngieChick Poultry Elitist

    You aren't hijacking at all. I was considering getting a nice big fan like what is used in the GQF cabinet incubators, they are similar size. Once I get it, I am going to go through the GQF manuals for their cabinet models to see what I can do with it.
  9. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    As long as you can put some holes in it for air circulation, any ol box would work! A large PC fan mounted at the top would work just fine for moving the air around too. Put a pan of water in the bottom and you're ready to hatch! If you want a turner, that's a bit more work, but shouldn't be too hard. Hey, might as well look for a "rocker" while at surplus too. Since that probably has a good motor and literally rocks things back and fourth, although, may be a bit fast!

  10. AngieChick

    AngieChick Poultry Elitist

    I think I saw one there, actually! I was considering eventually getting the GQF turning system and installing it. Or, even cheaper would be somehow rigging one that I can turn manually from outside. I'm going to do a little more research before endeavoring on that kind of rigging. Scrambled eggs would not be good. But, I think that the oven itself can be workable with a minimum of fussing. I picked up a couple of PC fans and adapters last week, so I have an extra that I can stick in there.

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