cheap bottom heat!
i was looking for a cheap alternative to buying a heat pad on which to start seeds. at $30+ a piece for even the small ones i decided to find a way to build my own heat supply for starting seeds and rooting cuttings. i decided that a 60w lightbulb produces more than enough heat to start seeds that i would use a lightbulb as a heating element. (if it works for lava lamps it'll work for me too!) so i made a run to "Big Lots" and bought a "work lamp" (one of those lights with a plastic cage around it what you use when your working under the hood of your car) and i bought 2 aluminum foil baking pans total cost for everything - less than $6.00 - so i took the 2 baking pans and put them together up-side-down and taped them so they have a hinge like a clamshell. i cut a notch in the side for the wire to run for the light. i put the light (cage and all) in between the two pans and duct taped them closed with the light inside. make sure to seal the hole where the wire run to keep the heat in. i put the light on a timer, right now, 60w bulb runing 30 min. on, 15 min off. all day and all night. i used ice cube trays with holes burned in the bottom with a hot nail to start the tiny seeds in. they just set on top. i wil add newspaper layers or re-adjust th timing if it gets too hot. but hey, its better then nothing and it was almost free compared with a comertial heatpad! let me know what you think... thanks ~Ryan