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DIY Incubator help

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  1. DARKFIRE007

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    Alright I am trying my hand at a DIY incubator. I am using an Omaha steaks cooler which is CRAZY thick, right at an inch and a half. I saw this video https://theturtleroom.com/blog/2013/07/09/diy-incubator1/ in the breeding section here and was confused, every Youtube video had a heating element like a light bulb, but this had only a heater under water and eggs above. Would a submersible heater under a few inches of water really heat the whole cooler to the 87-89 range? Humidity would be fine, but the temp too? and does it not need ventilation holes?

    The other method of a light bulb gives me pause...an electric heat source not designed for water, styrofoam, humidity and water in a confined space just seems like a bad idea to me. Not to mention the headache of maintaining a constant temp by trying to hook a thermostat or dimmer onto a bulb.

    I need a heating method where I can keep the temp steady in the whole cooler, preferably without worrying about a severe fire hazard.

    Mine is ready to go minus the heating, I even have a peeking window done.

    Thoughts/suggestions?
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    Also, here is a video for the other methods I was mentioning.
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    Im also interested if that would work
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Supporter

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    With the lid on the cooler, the heated water, using an aquarium water heater, would also heat up the air above it. Yes, the heated water incubator works.
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    Yes fish tank heater in the water would keep the cooler at whatever temperature you set it.
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    No one answered me so I went my own route and got a wall outlet temp controller with a probe. It shuts power off when a certain high temp is met and kicks on when it hits the low I set. As for the heat, I found an energy efficient bulb does not get blazing hot enough to pose any risk but does rise the temp fairly quick.

    Right now I can keep the temp between .3 degrees of where I want it at all times. My female is not quite breeding size yet, but I am ready for spring when she should be.
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    That is really interesting...I was convinced it would not be enough. At any rate, I am good to go and I can not say ENOUGH about the Omaha steaks cooler for this application. It was made for it.
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