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 #2253370


RedIsis
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 I have a heating question.

I have heard that UTHs should only be placed on glass, but I’ve also heard they can be placed on wood. Can anyone, with certainty, let me know if it’s safe to place it on 1/2 inch thick plywood.



01/30/12  04:17pm

 #2253600


Chameleon_man
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  Message To: RedIsis   In reference to Message Id: 2253370


 I have a heating question.

if you mean putting the sticky part on the plywood i am not sure how good the heat will go throught it but i do know that if the tank is on a dresser or wood then your fine. but i am sure you will be fine.



02/01/12  03:32pm

 #2253632


RedIsis
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  Message To: Chameleon_man   In reference to Message Id: 2253600


 I have a heating question.

I have a 150 watt infared heat lamp which will give off plenty of heat, but I’m building a custom cage out of plywood that’s three feet tall and wanted to use the UTH to heat the bottom for when my RTB burrows. I also know that wood is a good heat conductor. I’m just worried if it would be a fire hazard. I don’t think it will be, but I just wanted to make sure and to know if anyone has used one on wood. Thanks for the reply chameleon man.



02/01/12  08:42pm

 #2253651


Chameleon_man
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  Message To: RedIsis   In reference to Message Id: 2253632


 I have a heating question.

no prob i try and get to all the question i can :-) i dont think you will have a fire problem with a heat pad. if there is any possable way to cut a small square out and replace it with plexi glass there? i have done something like that before.



02/01/12  10:16pm

 #2254064


Varanus1
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  Message To: RedIsis   In reference to Message Id: 2253370


 I have a heating question.

You can use it on anything BUT dont sandwich it between something they need air around them or you risk the chance of burning it up



02/05/12  08:14pm

 #2254123


RedIsis
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  Message To: Varanus1   In reference to Message Id: 2254064


 I have a heating question.

Yes, of course. I just needed to know if it would be alright on wood. Thanks varanus.



02/06/12  01:47am

 #2254409


Cphill58
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  Message To: RedIsis   In reference to Message Id: 2254123


 I have a heating question.

I use UTH on all my 3/4" wood enclosures...

So the heat wont escape downwards I sandwich them in between 1/4" Styrofoam that I get out of the trash at furniture stores or art /framing stores. The Styrofoam sandwich forces the heat upwards or inwards. Much the same principle as insulation.

I do use a dimmer or rheostat on all my heating devices though and control temps that way...I measure all temps with a heat gun for accuracy. I have way to many enclosures to try and outfit with individual temp gauges.



02/07/12  04:15pm

 #2255552


Varanus1
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  Message To: RedIsis   In reference to Message Id: 2254123


 I have a heating question.

Yes it would but i would be affraid of it running way to hot to be able to get the heat through the wood. Heat tape should not go over 110 surface temp of the heating grid.So be very careful it could be very bad if mis used.



02/16/12  02:38pm

 #2255645


Cphill58
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  Message To: Varanus1   In reference to Message Id: 2255552


 I have a heating question.

If you set your heat pad ...or heat tape for that matter at the specified temps you desire it will take a matter of hours for that area of wood to reach the temp...for example if I set the heat pad at 90F beneath the wood I can expect the hot spot to be 82-85 F on the inside. With the 1/2" wood it might be slightly warmer.

With the addition of the rheostat the heat will never run full strength. I have a video on you tube of how to make your own dimmer/ rheostat. Just ask for the link



02/16/12  10:30pm

 #2256193


Mschip
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  Message To: Cphill58   In reference to Message Id: 2255645


 I have a heating question.

does the exo terra uth need a rheostat to make it go hotter? Mine is just plugged in but its not even warm to the touch, Ive had them on 4 different tanks and they dont seem to put out much heat at all



02/20/12  06:44pm

 #2256505


Cphill58
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  Message To: Mschip   In reference to Message Id: 2256193


 I have a heating question.

I had been given a heat pad for Christmas one time...I laid it on the table and plugged it in...an hour or so later I measured the temps with an infrared temp gun and was disappointed to find the heat pad very low in temps. I then decided to co veer the UTH with something akin to an enclosure and lo and behold the heat soared. The heat will not generate as well unless something is on top of it.

A rheostat will allow you to turn temps down...but not up any higher.

For example, if my 8 watt Zoo Med UTH under my 40 gallon glass tank makes a hot spot of 105 F just plugged in directly to the wall (100% full strength)... if I plug the UTH into a rheostat or lamp dimmer I can turn the heat down as low as I like ...but I can never get higher than the rated output of the UTH...(100%) unless I buy a larger / more powerful UTH rated at a higher wattage. In theory a 10 watt UTH would get hotter than an 8 watt.



02/22/12  11:17pm


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