Ranco thermostat

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by BeardedChick, Nov 22, 2008.

  1. BeardedChick

    BeardedChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Just thought I'd post an update on my 'bator build. I got tired of fussing with a water heater thermostat and decided to put on a Ranco. The thermostat was always off just a little too high or a little too low (the one in my cooler 'bator is working fine, however). So I bought a Ranco, which is widely used in reptile setups.

    Pros:
    - You can set the temperature you want - I set mine to click off at 100F
    - You can set the differential you want - mine is set for 2 degrees. So when the temperature drops two degrees, it clicks on (seems to come on when it hits 98.9)
    - It has a built in probe that you can put directly in your water wiggler
    - You can wire the thermostat to control a power strip and just plug your light into the strip
    - You can later move the thermostat to your brooder if you want and let it keep your brooder the correct temperature
    - Shouldn't have any temperature spikes (this was a big deal for me)

    Cons:
    - They are expensive (~$55 w/ shipping)
    - You have to wire them yourself
    - The are big

    I bought a second one that will be for my brooder setup, that will keep the light from getting the brooder too hot or too cold. And because I wire mine to a power strip, I can run it using two lights, in case one burns out.

    Here's a pic of the thermostat. That black powerstrip is wired into it. There are good instructions on the net for wiring these things up.
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    The probe is set in my home-made wiggler - I put a green circle around it in this picture.
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    The wiggler temperature is holding extremely well, as measured by the second wiggler with the Thermoworks thermometer.
     
  2. CrimsonRose

    CrimsonRose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh how cool!!! Where did you get one at? My water heater Thermostat went out (after only 2 hatches) I got a new one and it's fluctuating like crazy!!! (driving me crazy while it's at it) [​IMG]
     
  3. BeardedChick

    BeardedChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    I bought two of them off of ebay, seller was ThermalResources. You CAN buy them pre-wired to a power strip, but they are about $75.

    The model is ETC-111000. You have to be careful, because the model for 240 V is a 111100
     
  4. CrimsonRose

    CrimsonRose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much for the info... I'm still up in the air about putting more money into my homemade bator or just saving the money and buying a really nice one... [​IMG]
     
  5. BeardedChick

    BeardedChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    I understand that. I built a really nice one and just want trouble-free components before I buy some expensive (Marans) eggs to hatch. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2008

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