Large Incubator build - need help

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SportTees, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. SportTees

    SportTees Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm in the process of building an incubator. I'm building it similar to the sportsman. The problem I'm having is I have a fan in it but I can't seem to keep the temp consistent threw out. I haven't put any vent holes in it yet and I'm not real sure how big or how many it would need.

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  2. saladin

    saladin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is a very nice looking cabinet.

    2 vent holes: one directly behind the fan and the other near the bottom (say 3 to 4 inches from the ground).

    It is always going to be warmer at the top and cooler at the bottom usually by one or two degrees.

    Also, there is sometimes a difference in temps between the middle and sides.

    Do you have the air space at the back like a Sportsman? Just curious.
     
  3. SportTees

    SportTees Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Thanks for the info on the vent holes! My problem is its 20 deg difference between the first and second shelve?? I don't understand how it could be off that bad. I don't have air space at the back.
     
  4. saladin

    saladin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I may be preaching to the choir; if so, just over-look it.

    In the old wooden Sportsmans there is a space at the back of the incubator. It is the section in which the fan sits. This may be the difference?
     
  5. SportTees

    SportTees Chillin' With My Peeps

    Heres the inside

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  6. saladin

    saladin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do think that may be the problem.

    In the sportsman, the trays go back to the first inside wall; there is then a dead space between the first inside wall and the second or exterior wall. I'm sorry I don't have a picture. I hope you can understand what I mean.
     
  7. geareduplyn

    geareduplyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In my opinion the Sportsman is not well designed. If you can still cut on your cabinet, make the front half of the top a door so you can service the humidity pans without opening the front of the incubator. One and one half inch vent holes are adequate for an incubator of the size shown. One in the top directly over the humidity pans, and one centered on the lower part of the door. Humidity can be controled very accurately by adjusting the amount of vent opening. Another flaw is, that on the Sportsman the primary thermostat is mounted in front of the heating element. Try to mount it on the rear wall where the air is rising from the egg trays. The secondary is fine mounted in front.
     
  8. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    When you get done with that one, would you care to build me new cabinet as well? That is one good looking incubator you have there...
     
  9. RioLindoAz

    RioLindoAz Sleeping

    Jul 8, 2007
    Yuma, Arizona
    You might need a curculation system in your incubator. Maybe adding several fans around the incubator to make sure heat gets around? Also, I don't think that wood is very good insulation, it absorbs alot of humidity and doesn't trap heat well, that maybe one of your problems? But don't listen to me, I'm not even that sure of what I'm saying. My only expirience is research. [​IMG]


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  10. melissastraka

    melissastraka Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2009
    Hoquiam, WA
    Quote:Me too...put me on the list of your "list to build" too.
     

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