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wafer = heat source

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by klf73, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Maine
    I am (or rather dh) wants to build a wood incubator cabinet. I was going to order an incubator thermometer, but I noticed there are some with a "wafer". They do not give any specifics so I am asking here. Is the wafer a heating element? a sensor? If not, what is it?
    Thanks
    Krista
     
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2008
  2. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    It is a type of thermostat that is called a "wafer" thermostat. That is typically what is in most of your less expensive incubators. There are plenty of others...including digital. The cost goes up, but they are MUCH more accurate.
     
  3. ericbrbr

    ericbrbr Out Of The Brooder

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    I used the electronic thermostat for a Little Giant from eBay. It works great. I am going to add the wafer and set it at 102 degrees just incase my other one fails it will keep the eggs from being cooked. I also used 2 bulbs for my heat source. I recommmend this just in case one bulb blows you have the other one to heat. I made sure one bulb would heat my entire bator and it did. I also used the turner made for the Sportsman. I purchased my egg holders from eBay as well. Everything works great I cant think of anything that I would have done differently. Thanks here is a couple pics for ideas.

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  4. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Maine
    Quote:Accurate is what I'm looking for, any recommendations? where to get it?
     
  5. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Maine
    ericbrbr
    That is a huge bator, WAY too big for me. I wonder if I can find a turner that is compact enough for my use.
    thanks for the ideas
    Krista
     
  6. ericbrbr

    ericbrbr Out Of The Brooder

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    This turner doesnt take up that much space it has just one linkage rod to place on the corner of one shelf. And I used 2 pieces of flat stock aluminum to attach the shelves together so when 1 moves they all move together. You could use it on either one shelf or ever how many u need. It is a little pricy around $125 but it sure beats what I was going to do. I was going to purchase the seperate egg turners used in the styrobators for like $40 each. They only hold 41 eggs each. This way I can hold 240 eggs. I also have a auto humidity pail now so I am getting spoiled it takes very little effort so makes me want to keep hatching. I guess thats why I have my bator 90% full.
     
  7. deb1

    deb1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2008
    NC
    where do you get the wafer from?
     
  8. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Maine
    I saw that sportsman one, I was't sure if it could be used in a homemade bator, or if there is someting else I would need to go with it. Any idea?
     
  9. Three Cedars Silkies

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    No, I don't believe anything else goes with it. Of course, the thermostat has to be wired to the heat source...usually a light bulb.
     

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