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    DIY 8-tub Cooler Style Incubator

    I thought I’d share my DIY incubator build for anyone interested in a relatively quick, inexpensive incubator that can hold 8+ clutches. My total invested was under $175 with tax and shipping of various components. If you have to add a Herpstat or equivalent, plan on adding $100+ to the total cost.

    I have no DIY skills so if I can do this, anyone can.

    I selected the 150 quart with the specific shoe boxes from The Container Store because I can get two rows of 4 containers for a total of 8 containers in the incubator. The containers are just slightly smaller than the Sterilite 6 quart. When I measured a Sterilite 6 quart I had with the lid on, total outer dimensions were 13.75x8.25x4.5. The length of the Sterilite shoebox (13.75”) prevents it from fitting at the bottom portion of the cooler (only 13.5”). The shoeboxes I selected allow for maximum use of the cooler. All of this was done BEFORE I decided to lay the cooler on its side. The standard 6 quart Sterilite shoes boxes do fit when the cooler is on its side.

    Keep in mind a few things that I learned the hard way. First, think about what needs to go through the drain spout of the cooler. I had connected my THG heat tape BEFORE threading the power cord through the drain spout. Oops. Also, make sure you know which direction you want your fan to blow and install it accordingly. I caught that oops before tying the fan down. If you plan to make modifications, always keep in mind the height difference from front to back if you lay the cooler on its side. The approximate 1/4” extended lip that runs the inner perimeter of the bottom half of the cooler can play with your measurements. Also, make sure you have a good pair of crimping pliers to put the THG heat tape together…or know where you can get a pair. Home Depot didn’t have what I was looking for so I had to improvise. I wouldn’t recommend improvising.

    Finally, the only way I could do this was with the help of others. Thanks to the following:



    Enjoy!
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    Re: DIY 8-tub Cooler Style Incubator

    Great photos and step by step guide! I really enjoy DIY projects!

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    Re: DIY 8-tub Cooler Style Incubator

    New to the breeding scene and appreciate the post. Might give this a try once I get my babies producing. But just wondering what the water bottles are for?

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    Re: DIY 8-tub Cooler Style Incubator

    The water bottles are used to decrease temperature fluctuation when the cooler lid is open. The water bottles retain heat and help keep the temperature stable when the lid is opened periodically to check eggs. My snake room is heated to 80 so the water bottles aren't necessarily needed.

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    Very nice!!

    If this is not stickied in the DIY section, it probably should be. By far the nicest DIY cooler build I have seen

    The only thing I would be cautious about is the AC fan. Inherently AC fans create heat. Great if yours does not generate much heat, but I suspect that is why both your probes read over the setting of the Herpstat.

    I'd be curious to see what your temps would read if you just kicked off the Herpstat for a day? You may be surprised.

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    Re: DIY 8-tub Cooler Style Incubator

    Quote Originally Posted by coreydelong View Post
    Very nice!!

    If this is not stickied in the DIY section, it probably should be. By far the nicest DIY cooler build I have seen
    Good idea.
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    Re: DIY 8-tub Cooler Style Incubator

    Corey thanks for the sticky suggestion and Judy thanks for making it happen

    Corey you've got a great point regarding the heat generated by the fan. I'll shut the heat tape off this weekend, check temps, and report back.

    Thanks!
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    This is fan-freaking-tastic!

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