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Re: Better method survey: Heating Pad vs. Aquarium Heater for jars
    #12563 - 04/14/00 06:47 PM (17 years, 5 months ago)

heating pad.

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Re: Better method survey: Heating Pad vs. Aquarium Heater for jars
    #12565 - 04/14/00 07:26 PM (17 years, 5 months ago)

I'm going to try a heating pad, only because I have one already. Seems easier anyway.


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Re: Better method survey: Heating Pad vs. Aquarium Heater for jars
    #12566 - 04/14/00 07:37 PM (17 years, 5 months ago)

Has anyone tried modifing their heating pad with a light dimmer or similar item to reduce the amount of heat that is generated?


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Re: Better method survey: Heating Pad vs. Aquarium Heater for jars
    #12567 - 04/14/00 08:17 PM (17 years, 5 months ago)

I really didn't think that heating the jars was a big deal!!!! Just put them somewhere dark at room temp. and leave them, no???
I don't know why there is so much discussion on this topic...........
sorry for being an asshole....i cant help it

please correct me if I'm wrong

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Re: Better method survey: Heating Pad vs. Aquarium Heater for jars
    #12568 - 04/14/00 08:37 PM (17 years, 5 months ago)

I didn't want to buy any of that crap, so I just piled some boxes in a closet until I had about 2 feet left at the top. I covered the boxes with a sleeping bag for insulation. Then I put in a 60W light bulb. I cover my jars with a towel to keep it dark. Temp stays at 80F. Not ideal, but better than having to go out and buy more equipment.


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Re: Better method survey: Heating Pad vs. Aquarium Heater for jars
    #12569 - 04/14/00 08:42 PM (17 years, 5 months ago)

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Re: Better method survey: Heating Pad vs. Aquarium Heater for jars
    #12570 - 04/14/00 08:49 PM (17 years, 5 months ago)

quote:
Originally posted by Psychonaut:
Aquarium Heater is the way to go. Check this setup out: http://www.geocities.com/bfixxer/documents/incubator_tec/psychonautincubationchamber.h tm


I love it. Simple, cost effective, eliminates most complaints about aquarium heaters. Good job yo!


I like the external embedded temperature gauge and keeping the heater element control knob external. Lets you lock down your jars in darkness and still monitor/adjust your setup.

[This message has been edited by The Learner (edited April 14, 2000).]



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Re: Better method survey: Heating Pad vs. Aquarium Heater for jars
    #12571 - 04/15/00 01:06 PM (17 years, 5 months ago)

if using a heated pad.....do u lay the jars directly on top of the pad, or what? i am using a heating pad because i already have one.....i need to know the best way to use it!! :wink:


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Re: Better method survey: Heating Pad vs. Aquarium Heater for jars
    #12572 - 04/15/00 01:26 PM (17 years, 5 months ago)

I tried heating pad on lowest setting under box containing innoculated jars and got a temp of 92 F . . . too hot. The Alien tek seems to work well (aquarium heater in water in large storage box, the jars in a smaller plastic container that is floating in the larger box)

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Re: Better method survey: Heating Pad vs. Aquarium Heater for jars
    #12573 - 04/15/00 09:48 PM (17 years, 5 months ago)

no, never put anything on a heating pad.
place the pad above the jars, this is safer and will not dry your jars much.

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Re: Better method survey: Heating Pad vs. Aquarium Heater for jars
    #12574 - 04/15/00 10:18 PM (17 years, 5 months ago)

Aquarium heater with thermostat is pretty damn easy, but you guys are missing the easiest setup yet.

Take two large rubbermaids like you might use for a terrarium, stacked there is a gap in betweeen them at the bottom. You fill this gap with water + heater (while top one is removed of course). Secure the heater so it is slightly elevated from the bottom but don't let it float so that it doesn't touch any plastic. Also make sure the heater is completely submerged.
Place the other container inside. They get a nice snug fit, but you can still let the chord come out between the containers.

There's no cutting involved, and your terrarium is dry/easy to clean. Cover with a sleeping bag and its efficient too.



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Re: Better method survey: Heating Pad vs. Aquarium Heater for jars
    #12575 - 04/16/00 01:58 PM (17 years, 5 months ago)

That's a great idea. Very close to what I use for my hydroponic basil(seriously, it actually is basil)...
They are ebb/flow, with a sumersible pump in the bottom one with the nutrient solution.
I think I'll make another unit, but without the holes to fill/drain and the pump, and just add plain water and the heater.
Not quite as space-age as psychonauts, but a great idea nonetheless. I'll try it and let everyone know how it works out for me.


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    #12576 - 04/16/00 02:21 PM (17 years, 5 months ago)

Definitely an aquarium heater.

My only experience with heating pads is that they're bad. It had 2 settings, low and high, which is pretty unhelpful if you are looking for a certain degree (86 F). The low setting was still way to high, plus the damn things fluctuate.

Aquarium heaters, on the other hand, work perfectly. I can set mine to the exact degree. It doesn't dry jars out. It requires about 15 minutes of initial setup. Not really any maintanence. I don't know how it would give you slimy jars.... the jars should be on top of the container holding the water and heater, not in the water with it. Algae has never been a problem either.

Seriously, people seem to have weird ideas about the aquarium heater incubation. The best setup IMHO is ShroomGod's incubation chamber. Check out the posts on this from last October or November.



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Re: Better method survey: Heating Pad vs. Aquarium Heater for jars
    #12577 - 04/17/00 03:08 PM (17 years, 5 months ago)

I use my computer monitor and several towels underneath and over the jars which I leave in the box I bought them in. This works great for me. I use a heating pad to keep my grow chamber warm and humid.

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Re: Better method survey: Heating Pad vs. Aquarium Heater for jars
    #12578 - 04/17/00 03:34 PM (17 years, 5 months ago)

I came up with an idea Psychonaut.

If you can get a container with a good seal or a rubber sealing ring, then you could put the container on its side into the side of the box near the bottom. Or perhaps at a 45 degree angle going down diagnally through the side of the box.


Ohh heres another edit.

Hardware stores have large black plastic pipes for sewage and water drainage. They even come with end cap pieces and all sorts of elbow joints and splits. With a little imagination and some of this material you could come up with some interesting heating containers.

The most simple would be the log design

CAP<>PIPE<>CAP drill a hole to fit the heater element inside.

For the mad ass scientist this will not do :smile: You need to make a vertical convection system of pipes so the hot water rises and the colder water returns to the bottom where the heater element is to heat it up and continue the convection flow :tongue:

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Re: Better method survey: Heating Pad vs. Aquarium Heater for jars
    #12579 - 04/18/00 11:35 AM (17 years, 5 months ago)

Aquarium Heater for me


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