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Old December 28, 2018   #61
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warming trays designed for food but I plug them into an electrical box I wired up with a lamp dimmer switch.A night light as a monitor plugged into one of the outlets and I set the dimmer so the bulb barely glows.
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Old December 28, 2018   #62
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warming trays designed for food but I plug them into an electrical box I wired up with a lamp dimmer switch.A night light as a monitor plugged into one of the outlets and I set the dimmer so the bulb barely glows.
Geez, you folks are all so handy ...
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Old December 31, 2018   #63
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I find all the parts in goodwill or other thrift stores.
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Old January 7, 2019   #64
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Thanks everyone for your ideas and experience. I ended up with an Electra-Grow heat mat.

The tray sits on top of a wire grid and there’s no additional thermostat needed.
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Old January 8, 2019   #65
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I'm glad you've been able to make a reasoned choice. I suggest you test the soil temperature from time to time, moving the seeds about in the room may make a difference of some degrees. Adding insulation under the mat or above (newspapers) can as well raise or lower the temperature.
Please, keep us informed of your results when time comes !


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Old January 8, 2019   #66
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Thank you for these tips! I’ll post feedback periodically and reach out again if I run into any snags.
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I'm glad you've been able to make a reasoned choice. I suggest you test the soil temperature from time to time, moving the seeds about in the room may make a difference of some degrees. Adding insulation under the mat or above (newspapers) can as well raise or lower the temperature.
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Old January 9, 2019   #67
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Great thread... the lemon juice on paper test is brilliant! I will have to try this to test my old cheapo heat mat.
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Great thread... the lemon juice on paper test is brilliant! I will have to try this to test my old cheapo heat mat.
Yes, wasn’t that great?
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