Thermostat Question......

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by KDbeads, Oct 26, 2009.

  1. KDbeads

    KDbeads Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2009
    East Central VA
    The part that hubby had ordered for me, once it finally got here, would have been great.... except it didn't reach 100 degrees [​IMG] So we returned it.

    So I'm looking at wiring up a water heater thermostat, this is what I could find locally:
    http://www.stylefeeder.com/i/5kjc9rrw/Am-Water-Heater-Elements-6900802-Lower-Thermostat

    I know I've read that there's an $8 one or something close but this is the cheapest I can pick up here in 'town'. Can this be used or does it have to be one of the upper thermostats with 8 or so connections?
    Want to know before I open the package.... I can get the other one tomorrow if needed, it's just $10 more. Don't get too technical with instructions on wiring..... electricity isn't my forte [​IMG]
     
  2. feedstorechick

    feedstorechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've got a water heater thermostat like that one. It didn't work that well for me.

    I switched out to a wafer thermostat (#3122) from Randall Burkey. The water heater thermostat was swinging 2-3 degrees each way. The wafer swings about half a degree up or down.

    I don't know what you'd do with 8 connections. Mine just has two.

    Once you get the right thermostat, get a fan going so you don't have some spots hotter that others.
     
  3. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Thats what ya need just make sure you mount it really close to the heater. The farther it is from the heater, the faster the incubator heats up from a cold start but the closer it is to the heater, the more stable the temp is once it is up an running.
     
  4. KDbeads

    KDbeads Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2009
    East Central VA
    I'm planning on about 2 inches from the bulb right where the airflow from the fan will come across. That should be a good place to start, yes? And I just split off one wire from the cord, cut, and attach to the terminals correct?
     
  5. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    yep [​IMG]
     
  6. KDbeads

    KDbeads Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2009
    East Central VA
    Oh good..... Don't think I could handle it any more complicated than that [​IMG]

    Thanks!!

    Now to play mad scientist/electrician [​IMG]
     

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