Ivy Western Ringtail Possum

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Modifying a Heat Box

We have some Critical Care Heat Box's using the old type Incandenscent light Globes. We have 2 Boxs to do. So see below and the reasons why we need to do this-
Critical Care Heat Box 1-

Critical Care Heat Box 2 -

Though they produce heat they are inefficent and need to be constantly adjusted by the dimmer knob to regulate temperature and we need something more reliable. Also globes are getting much harder to find as they are beng phased out and the new Fluro type do not heat up as well.
Kimani Aviaries do a great regulated Temperature heating wire and thermostat kit for hotbox's.

This is just one of the areas your donations and sales of Teats goes to. At $220ea [plus postage] they are a great product and work extremly well.
There is a High and Low switch on the side and temp range is approx 20-30c on low and approx 40c on high of course this will depend on the box material used and size being heated...
Here is a snap of the controller and adjustable thermostat. Good quality gear used.

Here is the heating element installed on a steel plate [to help dissipate the heat]. See the Temperature probe on the left. This is all under the base of where the animals are housed.
There is a support beam across the middle of the larger critical care box.

One completed "modified" heat box sitting at 30c degrees. Leave for a day or 2 running to dissipate any fumes.
Ok now 2 x 60w Globes draw 120w and as they are on all the time a constant 120w is being used "all
the time". The new system draws 100w on heating the box and once at temperature will cycle on and off, as required, reducing the power consumption right down to a small 30w-50w and maybe less. This will save the draw on our solar battery system and will allow us to use more heat box's for wildlife in care Cool hey! or should i say "Warm Hey"!

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