Winter 2010 HomeMade Incubator Contest - Win $20 Gift - Winner!

cbiblis

In the Brooder
10 Years
Sep 16, 2009
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Murphy,NC
That was well deserved toxo. You did a great job using your skills and intuition. You also did a bang up job of explaining how you did it. I actually ordered the thermostat kit that you used and tried it out. This is what got me interested in electronics. After my many alterations to the circuit, i was able to design and build my own to suit my incubator needs. I am now on my way to being an electronics engineer. So, i owe you a debt of gratitude for your free willingness to share. Thanks and congrads.
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trash80

In the Brooder
9 Years
Feb 23, 2010
30
0
22
SW Missouri
I had a similar idea, but didn't want to buy a wine cooler to tear up
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I didn't realize they have Peltier coolers in the rear. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermoelectric_effect

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I would suggest this small change. Use the Peltier cooler instead of a bulb. These Peltiers can heat to 50F above ambient temperature (ie, room is 70F, these can heat to 120F) or they can cool to 20 below ambient (ie room is 70F, these can cool to 50F).

They are used in car coolers, cpu (computer chip) coolers, and I've seen them in some lowend water coolers.

I would have used the Peltiers for the heat, they could easily be kept at the right temp. Peltiers are hardy too, I've never seen one burn out. I would add some warning system, just in case, though.

Even without that, excellent job, great incubator!
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toxo

Songster
11 Years
Jun 4, 2009
101
1
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Gillingham, UK
Wow! I haven't been on the site for a while so this came totally out of the blue.

So many nice comments. Thank you all.

I had a great time building it and when the little fuzzbutts came along to show that my ideas worked, it was very pleasing. And now this! I'm chuffed to bits.

Thank you to all those that voted for me.

Now where's that BYC shop?
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