Need help on home built incubator....

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Bribaby, Mar 1, 2011.

  1. Bribaby

    Bribaby In the Brooder

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    Hi all, I'm new here and am having a really hard time finding a thermostat for my incubator... I made it out of a wine cooler, and had a water heater thermostat in it. The problem is that when the room temperature went down/up so did the inside temp... I've tried calling petsmart/petco and any reptile stores around, and no one carries them? Wondering what kind of thermostat I can use to help keep the temperature stable? I appriciate any help, thanks!
     
  2. dwdoc

    dwdoc Songster

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    Quote:The favorite on here seems to be the Wafer T-Stat. I ordered a different one from seller Ebay (http://cgi.ebay.com/Incubator-Therm...800?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item35aadf8830) and it has worked great for me. I have been told by other folks on here that I paid too much for it ($16.00 & Free shipping) - perhaps I really don't know. Regardless, it was easy to install and once set the temp has been dead on.

    Good luck.
     
  3. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Do you have pictures of what you have? Does it have a fan? How is the thermostat sitting?
     
  4. quintinp

    quintinp Songster

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    i would love to see some pics
     
  5. anaiyuk

    anaiyuk Chirping

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    When the temp in your house rises so will your incubator. When you warm your house up it will warm your incubator up by the same amount of degrees as your house was warmed.
     
  6. Bribaby

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    Hum, I just took some pictures of it, but not sure how to post pics... I'm in a hurry since eggs will be here TOMORROW!! and I can't get the temp right... hubby just ran to the store to get a new thermostat since he thought he'd open the one we have and see if he could tweak it... he ended up "breaking" it instead... I had it pretty close, so hopefully it'll have to work. I can't order anything online for this batch since it won't get here in time, so I'll have to keep a really close eye on it I guess...
     
  7. Bribaby

    Bribaby In the Brooder

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    hope this works... sorry it's dark, forgot the flash!
     
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2011
  8. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    From the issue you are having an the size of the incubator I think you need more fans to keep the air moving around better.
     
  9. Bribaby

    Bribaby In the Brooder

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    I have 2 computer fans pointing up, should I add another? What size bulb should I be using? I have a 95 watt one on...
     
  10. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    A 95 should work. Put a can in the incubator full of burning wet grass an see how good the smoke moves around.
    Practice that outside first, can will get hot.
     

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