How important are incubators?

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By sammy (Pawstasheo) on Wednesday, February 06, 2002 - 05:30 pm:

I have some jars that are on theer 5th day after inoculation. I just put the jars in their box and left them but none have germinated yet. So im going to build a incubator for them but i have to leave in a couple days for a week and am worried about leaving it on while im gone. Is an incubator necessary in order to get the job done and can i leave it unattended while im away with out worrying about fire?

By jim brown (Shrhobbyist) on Wednesday, February 06, 2002 - 05:50 pm:

What's your temperature now? If it is at least 70 they should be fine. Beats worrying about your house on fire while your gone.

By Brettiejams (Brettiejams) on Wednesday, February 06, 2002 - 07:53 pm:

It really is important for good germination.

You should at least keep them warm intitially until you see some growth, but without the heat, the jars could take a much longer time to colonize.

By Snoopy (Snoopy) on Friday, February 08, 2002 - 03:18 am:

I don't incubate my jars at all and I am in the north east of the U.S. So its pretty cold up here. My apartment's temp ranges a lot usually 65F at night and 74-77 during the day, and I still get my half pints completely colonized in 20ish days.

By quote: (Quote) on Friday, February 08, 2002 - 03:22 am:

and that's about a extra week,
50% longer than it normally takes at optimum temp ranges.
mine finish in 10-14 days, and are pinning by 20ish days.
those low temps really kill ya in the very beginning, it's good to at least get them warmish until they germinate, then drop it if you must.

By I feel so weird (Phishgrower) on Friday, February 08, 2002 - 04:33 pm:

If you're going to leave forget about building an incubator. All you need is a cheap ($7) heating pad found at any pharmacy. Put the jars in the box, close the box and put the heating pad on top of the box on LOW. I leave my heating pad on 24/7 and I've gone away for weekends and there's no problem at all.

By quote: (Quote) on Friday, February 08, 2002 - 05:08 pm:

you've been lucky, phishgrower.
but a heating pad left on unattended is a potential fire hazard.

By kobayashi (Impalerzz) on Saturday, February 09, 2002 - 04:57 pm:

The top of my fridge stays a nice 85f.

By Ron (Clubbenguy) on Saturday, February 09, 2002 - 09:28 pm:

i AM A potential fire hazard too. However, my heating pad is placed UNDER my little rubbermaid (only holds about 12 1/2 pint jars) and set on HIGH. The jars sit in 3 inches of water and the temp of that water stays at a nice 82 (everyone says its 2-3 degrees hotter in the jars so I am guessing i am right around 85. However, all of this is done in a basement, on a cement floor. With a 3 foot radius of nothing but cement for it to burn just in case. Still potential to come home and see my house buring to the ground???? ...yes, minimal but its still there.

By paul whisper (Soma) on Saturday, February 09, 2002 - 10:23 pm:

I set my jars in rubbermaid containers on my television, and the colonization has been really fast(just over a week and 1/2). The temp range is mid 80's, it is an amazonian strain that I have been working with. SOMA

By Brad (Raze) on Sunday, February 10, 2002 - 05:30 am:

I use a fish tank heater, in a small rubbermaid full of water. Then I set that in a larger rubermaid and it has plexiglass to hold the jars above the water. WOrks well.

By onediadem (Onediadem) on Sunday, February 10, 2002 - 05:40 pm:

I too have heating problems. I have no heat in my house. I use the oven to warm things up a bit. So,
I use a heating pad also, even tho it is not recommended. Thats why my temps fluctuate so much. Everyone in the house is cold blooded but me, and howl when I turn on the oven, lol. I have put my foot down tho, and said my babies need warmth, go sleep with the dogs. Perhaps someday I will go to the store and get an aquarium heater for my pickle jar, lol.
Good luck,

By Brettiejams (Brettiejams) on Sunday, February 10, 2002 - 05:47 pm:

Got a Wal-mart nearby Pj?

The one i got there was 10.95.

By quote: (Quote) on Sunday, February 10, 2002 - 10:20 pm:

if you do use a heating pad, place it above, not below the jars.
this is better in two ways-
1. it prevents the weight of the jars from compressing the heating wires, minimizing fire risk.
2. it prevents the heating pad from drying out the bottom's of your jars.

and you might at least want to set it up on a timer so it can occasionally be shut off and cooled down.
keep it well away from other flammable objects, you can use plastic box to help trap heat around jars.
better though to use an aquarium heater in gallon milkjug full of water.

By onediadem (Onediadem) on Monday, February 11, 2002 - 03:26 am:

I have the heating pad set on low, on top of my terrerium, not really close to my jars, just to take the chill off em. Im not in a hurry, so they get birthed around day 21 or so. I do need to send the kids to wally world for one of those heaters tho. I hate to shop.