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Old 12-11-2014, 10:22 AM   #1
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Anyone have a radiant heat panel?
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Where did you get it from?
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Anyone have a radiant heat panel?
How is yours set up?
Where did you get it from?
I'm currently trying to setup a ball python enclosure with a PVC snake cage. A single heat pad on the bottom failed to heat the rest so I'm now using a large one on the side as well. Only bought the second today on a recommendation from a local store. I'll let you know how it goes. I've been going to All Reptiles at Kennedy and Ellesemere, I find the customer service to be pretty good.
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I had no clue that place existed, I'm going to go there today. the radiant heat panel heats from the top down, you might want to source one. Apparently they are more cost effective than the pads.

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I had no clue that place existed, I'm going to go there today. the radiant heat panel heats from the top down, you might want to source one. Apparently they are more cost effective than the pads.
Yes I was reading about those when I encountered a heating issue. But being a plastic snake cage it would require drilling holes and with the cage being 12"high space is limited. I'm trying this first and hope it works. Otherwise I probably will have to take further action to maintain a decent ambient temp.

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Hooking up the heat pad to the regulator didn't work even despite warming my room up with an electric fireplace after 4 hours the temp didn't go above the ambient temp. I instead plugged it direct into power. I'll see what the temp is in the morning. The biggest problem is the fact it's plastic and plastic has terrible thermoconductivity. Ironically while running the outside is very hot to the touch but inside is just warm. I'm hoping this will work.
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I don't have a heat pad. I likely will get the radiant heat panel. Seems like the way to go from all the reading I have done. I have the ability for drilling. So I hope this works for you.
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I had to change tactics, having the pad cycle on the stat didn't work. Wouldn't provide enough heat. The problem is poor thermoconductivity of plastic. I had to plug in the second pad so it runs non stop and it has been able to maintain 78f on the cool side of the tank. I'll keep checking in on the temps to make sure it isn't cooling off to much but for now it seems to be working.
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Did you pick up a heat panel in the end and what was the cost?
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Have not picked up yet. I have just been setting up the habitat. Still on the rock wall part.
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I'm going to be ordering one soon online. I haven't been able to maintain sufficient heat where I'd want it to be. Some research helped me determine the right size and which are better brands.
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