Where can I get a homemade incubator thermostat?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by shelleyb1969, Sep 4, 2008.

  1. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    Ok, I'm attempting to build a MissPrissy bator, and I went to Home Depot for a thermostat. They were $15! :eek: If I'm gonna spend that much on just one part, I might as well pay $41 for a brand new bator at TSC! Does anyone know where else I can find a thermostat suitable for this job? [​IMG] I've searched the internet, but can't find a low temp thermostat. Please help! I need to get this bator built and running.
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2008
  2. needmorechickens!

    needmorechickens! Songster

    Jul 2, 2008
    West TN
    I built Miss Prissy's bator...I got my thermostat at Lowe's but don't remember what I paid for it.
    I think i did spend about $32 building mine but i enjoyed building it so it was worth it.
    Good luck with yours! [​IMG]
  3. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    Yeah, it would be really nice to build one on my own. But since I have a very active 3 year old son, the only time I can spare is at night...LATE night. lol. So unless it's gonna save me a lot of money by build it myself, then I think my mind, body, and spirit would benefit more from the sleep. [​IMG]
  4. Julie08

    Julie08 Songster

    May 19, 2008
    Ontario, Canada
    I don't have an answer to your question but I will throw in my two cents and say just buy one, if you can get one for 41 bucks there really isnt going to be much financial gain in making one and with your schedule it sounds like time is more value then the money you might save.
  5. sticks22

    sticks22 Songster

    Aug 5, 2008
    Grove, oklahoma
    Try going to an appliance repair shop and ask if they have a used sensor that you could buy real cheap. Just a thought!
  6. injunjoe

    injunjoe Songster

    Jun 1, 2008
    Pasco county, FL.
    Quote:I could be wrong but I think you get what you pay for.
    At $41 I don't think that you are getting very much.
    I would look it over before buying it.

    In my town there is a gent that scraps metals and such, he has water heaters all over the place. I am sure there is a place like that near you. They are happy to let you get parts for few bucks.

    I think a homemade incubator is much better then a cheap production unit.
  7. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    I tried the water heater thermostat and was not happy with it, I switched back to my dimmer switch. Downside to this is I am the thermostat, so I don't go anywhere for long. But with 6 kids I am home most of the time and my excursions are short dropping off and picking up kids. If you are home most of the time this might be an option for you, just an idea.
  8. nhnanna

    nhnanna Songster

    Jul 18, 2008
    The chicken coop
    Lower Thermostat PF9000507PK for Double Element NEW Item number: 320129155495

    I found this on Ebay. I got two. Hope they work. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  9. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    The $15 thermostat is the wong one.

    You want the lower thermostat for $8. I have seen them on ebay for $5 too.
  10. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    Quote:That's what I get for thinking the salesman knew what he was talking about! [​IMG] Thanks so much MissPrissy...next time I go to Home Depot, I'll do it the best way....FIND IT MYSELF. [​IMG]

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