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Thermostat question

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  1. scottishscott

    scottishscott Member 5 Year Member

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    Hey all, quick question.Some of you may have seen the enclosure I will be using on another post.The height is 24".I was considering getting the BAH-1000DC thermostat.The only problem is it suggest having the probe no further than 12" away from heat source. I'm racking my brain trying to think of a way to accomplish this.I guess I could put like a string from the top down past the heat source 12".Any ideas? When I raised bearded dragons all I used was a rheostat.However,this is for my son,and I want to do it right so he will learn good practices. I have read that some people have made their own thermostats.Anyone know about this?

    Thanks,

    Scott:tort:
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    ubecrew610 New Member 5 Year Member

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    I run a Ranco tstat. It is an on-off design but u can program the range of temp. My ambient temp is set for 79-82. And I run it under the soil and put the probe about 1 inch above the soil..they are about 50 dollars and are easy to wire up your self. I think for 75 you can order them pre wired.
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    http://www.reptilebasics.com/ranco-etc-111000-pre-wired
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    That's a good thermostat. Now the 12" rule really means, if your probe is away from the influence of the heat source, the heat source could be "on" indefinitely trying to warm up an area too far away. But you have a closed enclosure, so you probably won't have that problem because there won't be a huge temperature gradient through the tank.

    Obviously, you don't want to keep an area below the heat emitter at 110 degrees, while attempting to heat a remote corner of the tank to 80. What if the tort is under the hot spot?

    Why can't you keep it within 12" of a heat source, btw?
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club

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    In my closed chambers I put the probe as far from the heat source as I can. I don't want the area near the CHE to be 80, I want the ambient of the whole enclosure, even the deepest darkest corners, to be 80.
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    scottishscott Member 5 Year Member

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    I guess I could.I could put it 12" to the side,that should work.
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    Thanks Tom,I should be ok then.
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    Tom,something like this----http://lllreptile.com/store/catalog/reptile-supplies/heat-bulbs-night-heat-bulbs-ceramic-bulbs/-/zoo-med-50-watt-basking-bulb/
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    I would not put it 12" away. I'm just saying if your enclosure is built such that the heat dissipates fairly quickly (i.e. an open container), you'll never heat the remote areas to the desired temperature. That's why they list the 12" rule. With your nice closed container, you will be able to maintain 80 throughout the enclosure and will want to put the probe in the cold spot as Tom said.

    Also, don't put an actual bulb on the thermostat, put the light-less ceramic heat emitter
    http://lllreptile.com/store/catalog...amic-bulbs/-/zoo-med-100-watt-ceramic-heater/

    the heat bulb should be on 12 hours a day, and off for 12 hours at night. You don't want it popping on at night to warm up the enclosure. The CHE on the thermostat will just make sure the ambient temperatures are where they should be 24/7
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    I do know this: I love this thermostat. Reasonably priced and very accurate.
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    Which one? There are a few mentioned in this thread. I'm in the process of trying to decide on one too and they all seem to have mixed reviews.
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