Heat mat suggestions?

moonie_57September 11, 2012

I think I need 4, so please, anyone with an inexpensive model that served you well, let me know the brand and where you bought it from.

Do you have to have a thermostat?

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Robert (zone 7a, Oklahoma)

I got mine off Amazon. It came with a greenhouse kit made by Hydrofarm. There are several brands to choose from.
I'm sure more experienced growers will chime in.


Here is a link that might be useful: Hydrofarm greenhouse kit

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 10:34PM
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old waterbed heaters work great
Burpee I think makes a seed starter kit that has a warming mat in it. You can probably order from Amazon or Gemplers supply.
Undertank reptile heaters also work pretty good but can get too hot.
Tally HO!

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 10:31AM
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I have 2 heat mats, one I bought from ebay an one that I got from amazon, a hydrofarm one. In my honest opinion, I feel like the cheaper one from ebay heats up a lot hotter than the one from amazon. My thermometer probe reads at 85-88F temps with it.

Ebay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Heat-Sprout-Seedling-Heat-Mat-Germination-3-Sizes-/330495808600?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0amp;var=&hash=item4cf315d458
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Hydrofarm-MT10006--19-1-2-Inch-Seedling/dp/B0001WV010/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1347468694&sr=8-1&keywords=heat+mat

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 12:53PM
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I will probably get the Hydrofarm 20x20, but only 1 or 2, so thanks to all of you.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 10:25PM
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Or, maybe not! LOL

I am now looking more towards the Heat Sprout.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 11:15PM
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That one is interesting in that it can come in many different sizes. Here is is on Amazon:

    Bookmark   September 13, 2012 at 1:03AM
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Del - I have been contemplating that one, 11x36.
2 shelves, 2 mats and they would fit perfectly.
The Hydrofarm mats would have to go on a different shelf and not fit as nicely.
But, Hydrofarm gets good reviews.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2012 at 11:49PM
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I bought two on amazon that were for window sills. I dont remember the name or brand except the box was green and they were maybe $20 each. Figuring that would be a good way to help keep young cuttings rooting over our mild winters. They didnt seem to me to produce enough heat.

This year i am going to wrap the small pot with the heat strip instead of placing the pot on top. Maybe that will improve the heat transfer.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2012 at 10:22AM
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