Thermostat for DIY incubators

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by grundail01, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. grundail01

    grundail01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hes any one ever tried the 110 VAC thermostats for baseboard heaters? Some of them have range of 75-120 deg with a temp scale on the adjustment nob and most are under $20?
    I've worked in construction since i was 13 and I'm about to turn 37 so sometimes look at a problem differently than most people do. If my small incubator works out i may go with this for a small fridge bator with an auto turner. Just wanted to kick a few ideas around and see what everyone though.
    Here's the link to one at lowes if you want more info on it
    http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=30061-49285-FTA1AC&lpage=none
     
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  2. panner123

    panner123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is the +- range? A great thermostat range is.05 +-, a good one is 1.0+-, fair is 2.0+-, anything after that you have killed you eggs.
     
  3. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    Looks like it would work just fine. Panner..I respectfully disagree about the temp range. I have 100% hatches all the time in my homemade bator with my hot water heater thermostat and the temps range from 97-103 on the thermometer. However, the temp in the "wiggler" ranges from 100-102. I think the temp inside the 'bator must be out of range for a more extended period to affect the inside temp of the egg much.
     
  4. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

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  5. millebantam

    millebantam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm with you. I don't understand it either. Is it the money? It doesn't make sense to "experiment" with something that's 5 bucks cheaper when you figure in the possible loss of the eggs you are trying to incubate and the loss of 3 weeks of anticipation. Wafers have been hatching chicks successfully for 100 years.
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  6. geareduplyn

    geareduplyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll jump in here also. Why beat yourslf to death trying to make something do what it is not intended for. The microswitch/wafer units are readily available. You may even find one in some junk poultry equipment. An old brooder for example.
     
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  7. Three Cedars Silkies

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    I guess we could get them online...where I live none of the feed stores carry them.
     
  8. 98 gt

    98 gt a man of many... chickens

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    A regular old style tstat "mercury bulb" is typically +- 5 degrees digital wall tstat is +-2 degrees... (typically that is)
    I'm an HVAC tech I know these things
     
  9. 98 gt

    98 gt a man of many... chickens

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    You could always go to www.gqfmfg.com and search for part 1715
    Whole thermostat assembly for $16.98
     
  10. grundail01

    grundail01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well since i already have a similar thermostat i was thinking of using it on a hatcher. I work in a family run Plumbing company with 20+ years of accumulated stuff on the shelves, it's surprising what you find sometimes hidden on the top or the back of a shelf.
     

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