What are you willing to pay.. Temp controller.. Homebuilt Incubator..

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by RibbedGiraffe, Nov 12, 2010.

  1. RibbedGiraffe

    RibbedGiraffe New Egg

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    Alright Guys and Gals.. I have been playing with a few digital (PID) temperature controls for the last few weeks and now I know what it cost to make an incubator temperature controller (Or brooder, I have also been using one in my smoker to smoke fish :) )..

    It cost a little less than 50$ for me to build one without my time involved. ( I was thinking 15.00 for my time as I enjoy doing this stuff, it takes me a couple hours to put it together)
    I could even provide everything as a kit so you could put it together yourself... They are fairly simple... and I could provide detailed instructions.
    I could easily ship them in a flat rate box..

    This would be a great addition to a homebuilt incubator and is much more accurate than a water heater thermostat.. Dimmer switch, even more accurate than a wafer style thermostat It would also eliminate a need for a secondary thermometer as it has a digital readout of what the temp is.

    If I had enough people interested the cost will also be able to come down.. My costs are estimated at ordering enough materials to build 5 units at a time..

    I have also been researching using Nichrome wire versus Light bulbs as a heating source.. It is much cheaper and easier than most think it and is also much more reliable than a light bulb..

    If you are interested let me know.. If not.. I can tell you where to get everything.. (it will cost more as I was planning on buying everything at once)

    The only catch is.. The Unit I have that is the most cost effective and still accurate only operates in Celsius. I can provide a quick conversion so it really isn't an issue.
     
  2. FuzzyButtsFarm

    FuzzyButtsFarm Rest in Peace 1950-2013

    I am very curious about your thermostat. The dimmer is a disaster unless you can sit on it. The waterheater failed dismally. The one I used on my last hatch was from an electric frying pan but at least I had an 80% hatch rate. It only costs 50 cents? You might try selling instructions with a list of supplies.[​IMG]
     
  3. chillmiller

    chillmiller Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what kinda fish you smokin?

    i made a smoker out of 6 bread racks welded togeather and was able to smoke 400head at a time i was smokein mullet though
     
  4. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

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  5. RibbedGiraffe

    RibbedGiraffe New Egg

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    Im smoking Salmon :)

    Was using it my Big chief smoker.. If anyone has a big chief they know that the temperature is not controllable... Mine is :)

    It is about 50$ not .50$ I wish it were that cheap. :)

    This is the most expensive componenet in my incubator...
     

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