tffnytorts said:Tom, if I were to use a CHE, would it work to lay it in a corner and use bricks to keep it at a distance from the sulcata inside?
JennBell0725 said:Just wanted to put my vote in for the double walled night box design with the oil filled heater. Mine is 8x4x3(ish) and the heat hardly ever comes on yet keeps the box at a steady 82 degrees. I have it walled off at the bottom so the hay stays away and the draw bridge still door with vinyl flaps. LOVE IT!
I'm rather late to this thread but I had a couple of questions for you Tom:
1) For the RHP Panel: What wattage do you suggest to get if I plan to get it for one sulcata, currently 6 yrs old & 30 pounds, but I want this to be big enough & equipped enough to take him into adulthood with no problems.
2) Same Question on the Kane Heat Mat: What size & wattage do you suggest for one male?
Thanks in advance!
I'll keep that in mind! I was planning on testing the heater out when I build my enclosure. I want to have everything set up before I even buy a tortoise, that way I can do temperature and humidity checks and stuff.They use those over in South Africa. I used one for me at the Inn where I lived for four months. It wasn't very good at keeping my room warm, but it might work for a small tortoise house. Since I have no experience using one of these in this way, I really don't have anything other than guesses for you. My RHPs do the job and they are 80 watts. The one in your link is 450 watts. I'd be careful, but give it a try WITHOUT a tortoise in the box for a few nights and see what it does. You might have just shown me a new and better way to do things. Please post whatever you discover.
Hey Tom. Have you researched or tried Solar panels on the roofs of your Night Boxes? I'm about to build one and don't want the mess of cords running throughout my yard and I don't have an outdoor outlet. I was was wondering if you or anyone else on the forum has tried using solar panels successfully as energy sources for heat lamps/panels, etc.
Saw something like this on eBay that sparked an idea:
Thanks for your input.
My husband informed me that we could start our heated night box this weekend.
Is there a list of materials that would help us get started? I love all your instructions but I'm having a hard time with a materials list.
I just need to know how many pieces of plywood and thickness, lumber etc.
I'm okay in the electrical department.
I wasn't sure if there was a link.