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Old 10-01-2009, 10:45 PM   #1
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hey guys, I'm looking to make a small, heated box with a hinged top (similar to a door opening i suppose) in my garage. The dimensions would be about 6 feet long, 4 feet wide and 2.5-3 feet tall.

I can easily build a wooden box to meet the dimensions, but I'm stuck on how I should go about heating and insulating it.

fwiw, the winters here can be very cold.

Anyway, I was thinking of using a small, fan blown space heater linked to a thermostat to keep the box within a temperature range. Insulation (probably the foam board type) could then line the inside walls of the box.

Is a build like this even plausible? There are tons of flaws in what I have planned and I was hoping you guys could help me out a bit.

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Old 10-01-2009, 10:49 PM   #2
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What will be in the box?

Try a 40w, 60w & 100w light bulb
See which one keeps it warm

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Old 10-01-2009, 10:57 PM   #3
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How you heat it would be based on it's intended use and the temperature you need it to be.
You need to be a little more specific with the details.
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haha well it's kind of strange..

I keep snakes and it's much more cost effective to breed your own mice than buy them. I'd prefer to have it outside due to the smell + space-saving in my house. I would be checking up on it at least once / day.

Now that I think about it, there should probably be something to allow a bit of air exchange.


edit: right around 65-70 degrees*

sorry for the vague OP

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Ah, that changes it as mice will chew thru a lot
Probably need some thin steel or glass aquarium I'd think to contain them
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I have a bunch of various tubs and aquariums and whatnot for the mice. Once they're in the tubs i'll be putting them into the heated box

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How cold will the garage be?
You will also have to consider recovery time when you open the box
Light bulbs would work part of the time, but I guess they need to sleep too
I'd use the styrofoam board, I think I'd still line it with maybe 1/4" wood to keep the mice away if they get out
Not sure what you could use at night
Must be some sort of heat matt for lizards etc that would work
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The temp can go all the way from negative 30 at night to 25 during the day. i would think that what keeps it warm at negative 30 would turn into an oven at 25 degrees so if its possible i would like to have the temperature electronically controlled.

Heat pads from pet stores run about $12-15 per sq. foot and take a very long time to spread heat thoroughly (recovery time would take ages). Are there any other heat sources that i could use that don't produce light? Correct me if im wrong but wouldn't it take quite a few incandescent bulbs to heat a space like that? That could turn into a potential fire hazard
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They sell electric radiant floor heating assemblies that you can control with a thermostat. But whether it will produce enough heat for your region would need to be checked.
You would also need to fabricate a base that would cover the grid and be easily maintained. A covering of thinset laid concrete board under a fabricated sheet metal tray might work.
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