My 1st DIY Cooler Incubator Plans: input/ suggestions very welcome!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by seattlehens83, Sep 15, 2011.

  1. seattlehens83

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    So I'm building an incubator for my Girlfriend's classroom. As a mechanical engineering student I enjoy making things complicated...

    So i want to make this incubator affordable, accurate and automatic. This is my basic plan ( ) but I'm going to modify a few things.

    Here is what I've decided on so far:

    Cooler
    Craigslist or Freecycle
    Cost: Free

    2 lights
    Have these
    Cost: Free

    Not sure which of these I'll be using:

    waffer style thermostat:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/22-AMP-WAFE...646?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item588aebd246
    Cost: $28.00 after shipping

    or

    Bi-metal mechanical thermostat
    http://incubatorwarehouse.com/index...sories/bi-metal-egg-incubator-thermostat.html
    Cost: $18.91 after shipping

    thermometer/hygrometer:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002J4C8K0?tag=vglnk-c964-20
    Cost: $18.58 after shipping

    2 CPU Fan
    12 Volt 6-8cm off ebay/amazon. Have plenty of 12v inverters.
    Cost: ~$2.50 each

    Humidifier/Fogger
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mist-Maker-...380?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item25670cd9c4 (still trying to track down a free 24v inverter. Suggestions?)
    Cost: $3.79 sfter shipping

    So basically I need to work out the details on the Humidistat. I've seen many online at ebay... like this ( http://www.ebay.com/itm/Honeywell-D...359?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f0ded1ebf ) for about $25 after shipping. Just wondering if there is something out there thats cheaper??? Dont really wanna pay that much for a humidistat that is ultimatly not that important.

    Also need a little info on an auto egg turner. I've seen the kits but I'd like to make one. Any ideas on scavaging a cheap low rpm (1/20 or 1/10 rpm)? Also do eggs need to be oriented large side up and rotated 30 degrees (?) left and right of vertical or can they be rolled ( )? Is one way better than another??? I figure I can make either once I find a motor I like.

    Thanks for all the info. I've looked over most of the incubators on the BYC page so I know that I am probably making this more difficult than it needs to be but I do enjoy making things. Any suggestions, input or recommendations are greatly appreciated!!!!!
     
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    Waffer or Bi-metal thermostat???
     
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