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#1 IntheJungle

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Posted 23 January 2006 - 01:36 PM

What should someone do if their way of heating isn't working properly? She is using the heat bomb method with a 120 or 150 watt fish tank heater in a Propell Gadorade(sp) blue bottle trying to heat a 55qt tub with only 6 or so 1/2 pt jars (which are crowded around the heater).

She says the heater is cranked up to about 90 F and said the thermom. says 73 F. She needs it up to about 76 F (the lowest) to about 80 F the highest.

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Posted 23 January 2006 - 01:48 PM

73 is perfect IMO. If you want to get it warmer, you may need to up the wattage with a different heater....

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Posted 23 January 2006 - 02:02 PM

insulate the tub some, a blanket or some such thing.

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Posted 23 January 2006 - 04:11 PM

Wrap blanket/sleeping bag around tub. Put a small fan in the tub to stir the air around.

How cold is the room the tub is in?

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Posted 23 January 2006 - 07:21 PM

Try a cooler even. They are insulated and the heatbomb works fine in them. I had a 50 gallon coleman cooler with a heatbomb. Stayed at 80 perfectly.

Wrapping it is a good idea too.

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Posted 23 January 2006 - 08:59 PM

a bigger jug of water helps
maybe add a droplight ? bulbs put out alot of heat
and the light is nice, too

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Posted 23 January 2006 - 09:02 PM

I have also found that heatbombs work mutch better laying on their side.
That way the heated water wont rise to the top and shut down the thermostat.

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Posted 24 January 2006 - 05:54 PM

Its on the side but maybe she should have gotta a bigger bottle and a bigger heater.

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Posted 24 January 2006 - 06:42 PM

like laz said, 73F is fine. you could even go colder than that for incubation, colonization, or fruiting. cubes will thrive in the upper 60s.

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 08:34 AM

incubation, colonization, or fruiting.

:eusa_naug notice he didnt day germination

#11 Hippie3

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 08:42 AM

I have also found that heatbombs work mutch better laying on their side.
That way the heated water wont rise to the top and shut down the thermostat.


now that's a pretty good idea.
but wouldn't placing it upside down
[heater at bottom]
be even better ?

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 08:45 AM

i wonder how a metal vessel would do :confused:

#13 Hippie3

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 08:49 AM

gee, lemme think...
water, metal, electricity...
fragile glass heater...
i dunno.

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 09:00 AM

dont be silly i meant pee in it :amazed:
http://mycotopia.net...=1&d=1109645745

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seriously, the more i think about it the more i come to realize metal wouldnt really hold any advantage against plastic in that plastic is sort of the medium between glass and metal as far as conducting heat is concerned,
what comes to mind readin the thread starters post is maybe the Gatorade bottle is too 'rigid' or thick a guage, which, gatorade bottles usually are. . .

#15 Hippie3

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 09:06 AM

anyone ever tried/seen one of those electric coils they use to heat up
their coffee in jail ?
i mean, i saw some guys in a jail i once passed thru long ago
and they had these little devices that hung on
the side of the cup
and a thick metal 'coil' hung down into the cup
and heated the coffee pretty fast.
seems it was safe enough...

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 09:40 AM

theres more than one way to skin a cat hippie3

KISS, imo

plan on lining the walls of this bad boy with lo/med/hi heating pads less fabric sheaths

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#17 Hippie3

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 10:38 AM

heating pads eh ?
better be sure to
hang a good smoke detector nearby.

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 01:31 PM

I found a 40Oz beer bottle makes a great Heat bomb case the to pe gets hotter cuase its narrower and the glass conducts heat verry well.
A 50W heater keeps a 28gallon rubbermade @ 75
I tried the electric tea makers/cup warmers they kinda work but they make it humid, so they are only good for fruiting.

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 02:25 PM

On my heater I found that I could turn the thermostat to its hottest setting and pull the knob off, then replace it so it is at its lowest setting and crank it up some more. Don't know if they all do it but yours might.

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 04:52 PM

hippie>> care to elaborate?
the pads will be lining the walls
nothing will even be touching them
i thought the only time you have a fire hazard is when resting weight on top of them?
thx




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