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Caleb View Drop Down
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Caleb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Oct 2014 at 11:54am
Originally posted by GemmaJF GemmaJF wrote:

 we could find a really reliable control system

The STC1000 is worth looking at- these are cheap (less than £15), accurate to 0.1C, have a remote waterproof temperature probe, and can switch cooling as well as heating.

I use one of these to control temperature in an aquarium, it's been working well for a year now. 

Lots of home brewers use these too, someone's even made their own custom firmware for it to gradually change temperature over a period of days...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Suzy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Oct 2014 at 12:11pm
I drive my husband mad with the compost heaps. First I'm saying not to dig/turn them as there are hibernating reptiles and then I'm saying there are breeding inmates and then young. In truth the tin sided heap I consider 'my' dedicated wildlife one (also newts frogs and toads go in the heaps)and am reluctant to disturb it much, but we need to get out the finished compost and chuck in more greenery and cardboard to make it a working heap again.
Next year I am going to try something else as well. I will make a heap on the ground in the long grass near the heaps and frequently add to it -lawn mowings, cardboard, garden greenery - and keep covered with black plastic. I'm sure grassies will go in it and maybe breed.
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It would be great if you do manage to set up a live feed with time lapse etc!

Grassie eye-ball cam. What if you cover the compost with that black hessian stuff Suze, does that work?
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Rob do you mean black hessian instead of black plastic? To allow rain in to keep it humid? I do water any covered heaps to try and achieve that, but am willing to try. Thing is plastic keeps the damp in nicely.
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I have a worm culture covered with black denim (not a fashion statement, just the thickest piece of rag that was to hand!), and it's always damp underneath. 

I couldn't say if it's due to keeping moisture in, or letting rain through, but we don't have a great deal of rain up here.
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