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Discussion in 'Heating' started by Knox, Jun 8, 2007.

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  1. Knox

    Knox Elite Member

    If I were to put a 1ft sq. ceramic tile on top of an 11" section of Flexwatt, would the Flex heat the tile up enough to give a hot spot for the snakes? Would the heat radiate enough to heat the 2x4x16" high enclosure?

    If you were putting flexwatt inside a plywood enclosure, how would you do it?

    Thanks!
     
  2. kriminaal

    kriminaal HH Block Leader Staff Member Premium Member

  3. Knox

    Knox Elite Member

    That is awesome! Thanks for the link. I will read it tonight.

    Seriously, thank you.
     
  4. Rich

    Rich Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    I wouldn't use flexwatt heat tape. lol I use it for my leos, but not the snakes. I would use a radiant heat panel adhered to the ceiling. ;)
     
  5. Knox

    Knox Elite Member

    Hmmm, never heard of those, but I am off to google it right now.
     
  6. MoogleBass

    MoogleBass Kittes are so nice! Premium Member

    Dont put anthing over the flex watt or enclouse it. IE betwen tile and plywood. Youll have 150+ hot spot in hours. Mine did and was a big no no. I wondered why the snakes were in the cool moist hide lol.

    Put it on the bottom of the ply wood and youll be fine. Use foil tape to adhear it. As a rule the Flexwatt should never be in with the animal. Youll have to fine tune it a bit but the wood will hold the heat.

    I have the same size of tank and use 2ft of 11"

    Wiring Flexwatt Heat Tape
     
  7. Knox

    Knox Elite Member

    Thanks, Moogle... Those radiant heat panels are Expensive!
     
  8. Rich

    Rich Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Another alternative would be the cobra heat mat. They are literally insulated flexwatt for use in and outside of the enclosure. Try looking them up to see what I mean.
     
  9. venus

    venus Founding Member

  10. Knox

    Knox Elite Member

    The help you all are giving me is very much apreciated.
     
  11. venus

    venus Founding Member

    What, you mean putting you in debt.
     
  12. Knox

    Knox Elite Member


    My original estimate DOES seem a bit low now :eek:
     
  13. MoogleBass

    MoogleBass Kittes are so nice! Premium Member

    Cobra heat pads arent insulated....Thats KANE that your thinking about. They are over priced too. Cobras are just flex wat that is a bit thicker. Atleast mine was.
     
  14. Rich

    Rich Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Let me change insulated to "laminated". lol They have an outer protective covering (clear) and you can see the flex watt inside.

    I am not sure how much they cost. I ordered them through my account with my distributor. (So I got them at wholesale price opposed to retail.)
     
  15. kriminaal

    kriminaal HH Block Leader Staff Member Premium Member

    I'm not sure what everyone else is using but I believe the ones that have a controllable thermostat would be better to get your temps.
     
  16. Rich

    Rich Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Everything I use is attached to either a rheostat or a light dimmer. (Which if you know how to wire, is great and inexpensive.) They operate just like a rheostat and control the electrical flow to whatever is plugged in.
     
  17. MoogleBass

    MoogleBass Kittes are so nice! Premium Member

    I think one for a 10 gallon is like 10 bucks or something. Flexwatt is cheaper I think anyway.
     
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