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    Foil under UTH question

    Hi, I'm struggling to find a clear answer for this on google.


    Is it okay to place foil under my UTH to help reflect more heat to the tank, or is this a ventilation issue?



    I'm going to be upgrading my BP to a larger tank and being in Canada, I'm trying to conserve as much heat as possible.

    I'll be using a heat lamp(dial controlled) as well as my UTH with a thermostat.

    Already planning to buy 1/2 in thick foam insulation board to cover 3 sides + most of the top. Any other suggestions are absolutely welcome!

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    Re: Foil under UTH question

    Quote Originally Posted by sufficio View Post
    Is it okay to place foil under my UTH to help reflect more heat to the tank, or is this a ventilation issue?
    I'd wouldn't use foil, not because it would cause a ventilation issue, but because of my concern that it may short out my heat mat and cause a fire.
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    Re: Foil under UTH question

    Quote Originally Posted by Homebody View Post
    I'd wouldn't use foil, not because it would cause a ventilation issue, but because of my concern that it may short out my heat mat and cause a fire.
    I agree. Installation instructions that I've always gone by say do not install on metal (& I've been using Flexwatt UTH literally for decades- safely with no issues). Most of these UTH products (Flexwatt & similar knock-offs) are not heavily insulated- it wouldn't take much (like the plastic being abraded & left unnoticed) to be a safety issue when used on metal. I'd say don't do it.

    As far as "ventilation", Flexwatt instructs users to leave a few gaps- that helps to guard against overheating when used on high. I've ALWAYS done that too.

    What I'd suggest- rather than putting foil under it, is to put ceramic tiles under it- as they absorb & help retain heat like rocks do. My installations are on wood furniture, & the ceramic tiles help protect the wood also, but if you lose power, tile helps to hold the heat- whereas foil conducts it without preserving it.
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    Sorry for the late reply!

    Thanks very much for the answers and advice! Ceramic tiles sounds like a fantastic idea, I'll definitely pick some of those up! Appreciate the help

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