Ways to heat a homemade incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by little76boo, Jun 18, 2019.

  1. little76boo

    little76boo Chirping

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    Hi there! I am looking into new ways to heat a home built incubator and I saw a 40 watt element for a 3d printer. It looks very similar to the probe you get on a thermostat. I was wondering if anyone out there has the technical knowledge to tell me if this would work to heat a small polystyrene bator. Thanks in advance!
     
  2. HatchCraft

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    It's a small cartridge heater. I'm sure it would work, but there may be better options including a simple light bulb. Ptc heat elements are popular and used in many of the inexpensive Chinese made incubators. Low cost, readily available,and can be DC or AC.
     
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    little76boo Chirping

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    I also had the idea of using a halogen cooker as an incubator. Just take the circular heating element out and wire a different heat source in. Any thoughts?
     
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    NAA60512 Chirping

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    I used 12" THG heat tape @ 23 watts/ft. in my beverage cooler incubator. Cost was $3.10/ft. USD.
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  5. little76boo

    little76boo Chirping

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    That looks fab! Unfortunately I live in th UK and can't get hold of THG tape. I'll keep looking for it tho! Thank you
     

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