Re: Talk About Your Incubator
IF you realy want to see this lag due to the time it takes the thermostat from registering the temperature. use a water heater thermostat. Other temp monitoring devises have this same effect to some degree. but the water heater stat is the most consistent at being so bad it is a problem. The solution is to have the stat very close to the heat source. basically it is the first thing to get heated up, not the last. Everything else then follow along just fine. In extreme cases where very tight temperature control was required I have had to place the back of a water heater stat 1 inch or less from the bulb. At times I have placed it not only this close but also placed it above the lamp so that it was exposed to the hottest rising air. I have gotten even a water heater stat to hold a temperature to within 2 tenths of a degree this way. Another problem with the water heater stat is it requires the room temperature the incubator is in remains stable. I have built three Styrofoam incubators one out of the remains of an ice maker and one out of a broken down refrigerator size incubator. I have hatched chicken eggs in them cured tobacco and reared queen cells. queen cells are a no brainier in comparison to hatching eggs. eggs require a temperature remain stable to within plus or minus 2 degrees for 21 days. Plus you must not only be able to maintain accurate humidity you must be able to alter the humidity reliably and on demand. Make an egg incubator and anything else pales in comparison.
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