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Heating Pad on Wood?

Discussion in 'Heating' started by EmmaGrauman, Nov 19, 2014.

  1. EmmaGrauman

    EmmaGrauman Member

    I'm building a custom cage for my snake, and the bottom and top will be solid wood. Will a heat pad cause problems if adhered directly to wood?
  2. Darkbird

    Darkbird Moderator Staff Member

    While not really a fire hazard unless there is some kind of failure, heating pads tend to be ineffective on the exterior of a wood cage due to the fact that wood is a good natural insulator. The heat doesn't get through well. You might consider adhering the pad to a ceramic tile and even maybe sandwiching it between another tile, and putting the whole thing inside the cage.
  3. EmmaGrauman

    EmmaGrauman Member

    That's a really good idea, that i would have never thought of haha. thank you:)
  4. kriminaal

    kriminaal HH Block Leader Staff Member Premium Member

    I've attached them to the bottom of a melamine enclosure before. Once heated up it worked well for providing heat.
    That was coated particle board though. I don't believe either that solid wood or plywood would work.
    However as most wood is dried to 5-8% moisture, the heat dried it out to the point where it would warp.

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