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Invisiblemludwig
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Re: HEATING INCUBATION / GROWING CHAMBER???
    #291350 - 04/12/01 06:36 AM (23 years, 2 months ago)

thanks for the info guys. sounds like the heating pad would be a good option.

are you putting the pad INSIDE your chamber or just underneath? also, are you using a styrofoam cooler or an aquarium? do you use a blanket or anything to keep the heat in?

thanks & peace


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Offlinew3rmf3wd
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Re: HEATING INCUBATION / GROWING CHAMBER??? [Re: mludwig]
    #291372 - 04/12/01 06:42 AM (23 years, 2 months ago)

My inccubation chamber is a Rubbermaid-style plastic container, it's about 1' x 1.5' x 1', the heating pad is inside on the bottom (it's a perfect fit). My problem was with too much heat, even on the lowest setting, so the jars are elevated on a shoebox away from the heating pad surface so they don't over heat.


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Invisiblemludwig
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Re: HEATING INCUBATION / GROWING CHAMBER??? [Re: w3rmf3wd]
    #291374 - 04/12/01 06:50 AM (23 years, 2 months ago)

i see. so you don't have any problems with too much dry heat from the pad? are all your jars typically successful... or have you had dry outs before?


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Re: HEATING INCUBATION / GROWING CHAMBER??? [Re: mludwig]
    #291381 - 04/12/01 07:15 AM (23 years, 2 months ago)

This is actually my first batch, it's 10 1/2 pint jars. They are doing remarkably well, it has been 12 days since innoculation, the first 4 or 5 days they were without heating until I picked up the pad. I just finished looking at them a few minutes ago, 4 are 100% colonized, 5 are at least 95% done and one is 80% done (because one hole didn't start colonizing so there was a gap). No dryness related problem whatsoever, in fact most jars have condensation on the sides. I think the factors which would cause dry out are not enough moisture in substrate when prepared and prolonged colonization time (more than 3 weeks).


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Invisiblepuscle
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Re: HEATING INCUBATION / GROWING CHAMBER??? [Re: w3rmf3wd]
    #291454 - 04/12/01 10:06 AM (23 years, 2 months ago)

Let`s back-up for a minute. If you put something wet on top of something hot it WILL dry it. In such an incubation chamber you`ve got to keep the humidity up there.


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Invisiblepuscle
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Re: HEATING INCUBATION / GROWING CHAMBER??? [Re: puscle]
    #291455 - 04/12/01 10:08 AM (23 years, 2 months ago)

By the way, condensation on the inside of the jars means your baking moisture out of your substrate.


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Invisiblear393
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Re: HEATING INCUBATION / GROWING CHAMBER??? [Re: w3rmf3wd]
    #291458 - 04/12/01 10:10 AM (23 years, 2 months ago)
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here is a setup of mine, the heater in the bottom works great, on the right is the out put end of my fish tank pump. for me to cold shock i just unplug the heater for 24 hours and then boom. a ton of pins. for cakes i keep the top of my tank pretty sealed, for casings i crack it a bit to drop the humidity down. if you have questions PM me.

oh thats a 100 W heater, fully submersable set to 88 degrees and 1/2 inch galvanized steel mesh as the shelf.


peace ar393


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Offlinehunghogod
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Re: HEATING INCUBATION / GROWING CHAMBER???
    #291499 - 04/12/01 11:39 AM (23 years, 2 months ago)

Just a reply to that Sunbeam body pad.

Go to ourhouse.com. I think they sell it for cheap. Use dealcatcher.com or another service like that to get the coupons that are available very often. It's like fifteen bucks off a thirty dollar order. And their prices are already pretty competitive. So, that's that


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