Subject: peltier cooled gecko egg incubator?
By: jmorris (IP: 67.124.10.*)
Written on: 26-05-2005 11:43
OK, so I'm no an electronics guy at all... never touched a soldering iron and don't know what the inside of my comp looks like. I am, however, a reptile nerd, and I am breeding a gecko species which requires egg incubation temps in the low 70s / high 60s. So, with that in mind, let's see if you guys/gals can help me determine how (if it is at all feasible) to build a low temperature incubator. Oh, and I have read parts 1-3 of the peltier pages.
I have this idea of taking a simple styrofoam cooler/box, cutting a hole in it, putting a TEC in the hole, blowing a fan over the heatsink attached to the hot side of the TEC, and having a thermostat which turns the TEC and fan on and off as needed to keep the temperature consistently 71 degrees F in a house which gets into the 80s at times.
Now, questions: 1) I'm not sure what kind of TEC or heatsink would be appropriate for this job, or how I would set it up in the wall of the styrofoam box. 2) I don't know anything about thermostats--I just want it to keep the temperature constant. 3) I'm completely clueless on how to wire this setup.
Feel free to answer question that you think I should have asked but was too ignorant come up with.