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    Quote Originally Posted by Prepared One View Post
    This house was built new when we bought it but for some reason they skimped out on the pump shed. It was basically some busted up plywood with a tarp over it and they had a heat lamp in there just laying on the ground. MG and I were not having any of that shit. We had a guy come in and build a pump house properly so now it is protected from the elements and looks way better. I bought a chicken coop heater with a thermostat although I haven't needed it yet. We had 2 or 3 days with temps below freezing this year but we can get as much as week or so on occasion. I remember back in the 80's I think where it went a couple of weeks. Thermal blankets and pipe wrap does the trick most of the time.
    I couldn't find a chicken coop heater that wasn't IR or didn't have a fan and with a thermostat that could be set as low as 40 degrees. Most that I saw were also over 500w, I don't need that much heat. One 60w light bulb will keep it plenty warm. The thing I've learned about bulbs is that they can and will burn out at any time. I've checked them one day and there burning and the next day they are burnt out. Reliability is why I got the simplest most basic heater I could find. Hopefully this heater will be reliable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoreAmmoOK View Post
    I couldn't find a chicken coop heater that wasn't IR or didn't have a fan and with a thermostat that could be set as low as 40 degrees. Most that I saw were also over 500w, I don't need that much heat. One 60w light bulb will keep it plenty warm. The thing I've learned about bulbs is that they can and will burn out at any time. I've checked them one day and there burning and the next day they are burnt out. Reliability is why I got the simplest most basic heater I could find. Hopefully this heater will be reliable.
    Should work just fine.
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    A common 24 v house thermostat will go down to 45 or 50 degrees . . . set up with a relay that turns on a receptacle . . . turns on your blanket, heater, light . . whatever . . . and you don't ever have to worry about it.

    It can be set up in all of an hour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwight55 View Post
    A common 24 v house thermostat will go down to 45 or 50 degrees . . . set up with a relay that turns on a receptacle . . . turns on your blanket, heater, light . . whatever . . . and you don't ever have to worry about it.

    It can be set up in all of an hour.

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    I thought about that but I couldn't find my old mercury bulb thermostat, or the transformer and relay that goes with it. I decided to go the ready-made route.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoreAmmoOK View Post
    I thought about that but I couldn't find my old mercury bulb thermostat, or the transformer and relay that goes with it. I decided to go the ready-made route.
    Contact a person or company that installs new furnaces. Good chance they have old parts around from a new furnace and thermostat install. When my furnace was replaced 2 years ago they also put in a new thermostat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chiefster23 View Post
    Contact a person or company that installs new furnaces. Good chance they have old parts around from a new furnace and thermostat install. When my furnace was replaced 2 years ago they also put in a new thermostat.
    The new digital ones are POS. They suck up batteries and stop working. I saved the old mercury one and it's going back in.

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    We used to use a thermostat made for baseboard heater. Wire the Thermostat into receptacle in a double box. Used it for several years to run a small heater in the greenhouse. I still have the setup around here somewhere.

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    That's one of my future projects, a greenhouse, and how to keep it from freezing without using a lot of fuel or electricity.

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