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OfflineC1LooT
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incubation chamber ?
    #1098612 - 11/30/02 04:39 PM (14 years, 11 days ago)

I've been searching for a box which will hold 12 1/2 pint jars for incubation purposes. Ideally, I'd like to find a non-transparent plastic container which is roughly the size that 12-packs of 1/2 pint Kerr jars are sold in (11'' x 14.5''). I would just use the cardboard box itself but would rather find something more sturdy and insulated. I have an 11'' x 12.5'' heating pad which I plan to put on the bottom of the chamber, set on low. What have u peops used or seen used for incubating 1/2 pint jars? thanks


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Re: incubation chamber ? [Re: C1LooT]
    #1098622 - 11/30/02 04:45 PM (14 years, 11 days ago)

Don't use a heating pad, it will dry out your jars and can pose as a fire hazard. Not cool at all. Build on of these:
http://www.myco-tek.com/TEKs/Incubation.htm
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http://www.fungifun.org/pf/incubator.htm

I use the cooler for my jars, and the rubbermaid for my casings.


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Re: incubation chamber ? [Re: Skikid16]
    #1098632 - 11/30/02 04:49 PM (14 years, 11 days ago)

I know that heating pads have a tendancy to dry out substrate. However, it seems that if I covered the heating pad with a damp cloth (heating pad to damp cloth to jars) this might provide more "wet heat" as opposed to dry heat. whatcha think?


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Re: incubation chamber ? [Re: C1LooT]
    #1098636 - 11/30/02 04:51 PM (14 years, 11 days ago)

Go for it, but I wouldn't.


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Re: incubation chamber ? [Re: C1LooT]
    #1098708 - 11/30/02 05:19 PM (14 years, 11 days ago)

Use regular rubbermaid or sterlite containers, they come in an infinite amount of sizes. In order to keep the temperature constant check out Anno's tek: http://www.fungifun.org/pf/incubator.htm


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Re: incubation chamber ? [Re: C1LooT]
    #1098731 - 11/30/02 05:25 PM (14 years, 11 days ago)

Here is what I caught my cat making. It will hold ywo 1/2 pint cases in there boxes.





That is an 18gal. Rubbermade stacked inside another. You could put your heating pad in the lower one possibly. I am using a 50W fish tank heater.


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Re: incubation chamber ? [Re: Skikid16]
    #1098789 - 11/30/02 05:53 PM (14 years, 11 days ago)

hey Skikid, which one of those two teks is better? the aquarium heater in water jar OR dual container tek? thanks for the help


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Re: incubation chamber ? [Re: C1LooT]
    #1098868 - 11/30/02 06:36 PM (14 years, 11 days ago)

I use both, I think the cooler is better for my jars, well cause I don't have a lot of jars, and the cooler isn't big enough for my casings. The rubbermaids are good because they are big enough to hold many casings (I have huge rubbermaids, it think they're the 35 gal, the big, almost 4 foot long rubbermaids)


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Re: incubation chamber ? [Re: Skikid16]
    #1101772 - 12/01/02 09:37 PM (14 years, 10 days ago)

What is the reccomended temperature setting for the submergable aquarium heater in the rubbermaid-in-rubbermaid incubation tek?


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Re: incubation chamber ? [Re: C1LooT]
    #1101778 - 12/01/02 09:38 PM (14 years, 10 days ago)

GUYS!!!

I did the 9er rice tek... and I noticed something... u guys talking about dry subtrates... is it possible my substrates are dried, and that's the reason why it's been 8 days, and no sign of mycelium in my jars???


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Re: incubation chamber ? [Re: C1LooT]
    #1101927 - 12/01/02 10:50 PM (14 years, 10 days ago)

In reply to:

What is the reccomended temperature setting for the submergable aquarium heater in the rubbermaid-in-rubbermaid incubation tek?


Same as any other incubator, 86 degrees. I just try to keep it in the mid 80's.


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Re: incubation chamber ? [Re: MuShARoom]
    #1101928 - 12/01/02 10:50 PM (14 years, 10 days ago)

what the hell does that have to do with this thread?


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Re: incubation chamber ? [Re: Skikid16]
    #1101934 - 12/01/02 10:54 PM (14 years, 10 days ago)

i understand, but the thermostat setting for the heater doesn't directly translate to the temp. of the incubation chamber- its obviosuly going to be cooler than the water, as some heat will be lost.


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Re: incubation chamber ? [Re: MuShARoom]
    #1101941 - 12/01/02 10:56 PM (14 years, 10 days ago)

In reply to:

is it possible my substrates are dried, and that's the reason why it's been 8 days, and no sign of mycelium in my jars???



It may be.


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Re: incubation chamber ? [Re: C1LooT]
    #1101946 - 12/01/02 10:57 PM (14 years, 10 days ago)

You just have to tinker with it. Find the setting on the heater that will maintain an acceptable temp.


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Re: incubation chamber ? [Re: C1LooT]
    #1101989 - 12/01/02 11:08 PM (14 years, 10 days ago)

Anno's Tek suggests that you keep the heater's temperature at 80 degrees. The mycelium in the jars will produce extra heat while colonizing.


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Re: incubation chamber ? [Re: Angry Mycologist]
    #1102161 - 12/01/02 11:56 PM (14 years, 10 days ago)

im using a heating pad about the same dimensions as yours is, and i keep my jars at a nice 85 deg. its been plugged in for two weeks and unless there is a spark or something from the outlet, im not concerned at all about fire. The heating pad doesnt get hot enogh at all to cause one.
Have a thermometer w/ a cord for recording outdoor temps, and put the cord in there at the bottom of the box.
Needless to say, the heatingpad itself gets to over 100 deg., so I must layer it with about 5 inches of towels and t-shirts....
and thats my newb advice... :smile:


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Re: incubation chamber ? [Re: joeshitragpicker]
    #1102749 - 12/02/02 02:37 AM (14 years, 10 days ago)

hmmm what do you guys think about using ano's one with the two rubbermaids but making the rubbermade that is suppoe d to hold the jars and make one big ass casing?


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Re: incubation chamber ? [Re: Coma of Souls]
    #1102773 - 12/02/02 02:44 AM (14 years, 10 days ago)

In reply to:

that is suppoe d to hold the jars and make one big ass casing?


I didn't understand what you were getting at, could you explain it further please?


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Re: incubation chamber ? [Re: Skikid16]
    #1102776 - 12/02/02 02:45 AM (14 years, 10 days ago)

yea, sorry.. umm what part do you not understand. im thinking just make the whole rubermade into a casing.. instead of placing casings in there..


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