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Old 02-12-2019, 01:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, South Africa has this system where the power facility shuts down some parts of the land's electricity, so that other can have electricity. Its off for about 2 - 3 or so hours a day (for some poeple multiple times a day) here at my area.

So I was wondering for the winter, if I have a CHE setup, how long will the cage stay warm if the power goes off?
Since I'm scared it goes off and gets cold quickly, then my boy will go into a hibernation attempt. Through the day I can put him in my bed, where it'll be a little warm with my body heat, but through the night, I won't wake up if the power goes off. So I won't be able to warm him.
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It depends on the type of cage mostly, mine can stay warm all day and only really looses heat when I have the door open and sometimes a little on cold nights.
The less places for the hot air to get out the less chance there is of it really dropping.
You can also put fleece strips in his bed to keep him warmer through the day so you dont need to disturb him.
At night you could try coving it with a blanket to keep more heat in, and the fleece strips in the bed should help too.
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You could put a 2 liter bottle of water in the pen near the CHE which would absorb and store heat when the heater is running. When the power is off it will give off heat for quite a while.
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Ok thank you for the replies. I'll try the water bottle and the fleece ideas.
I have a wire cage which I plan to cover in tinfoil and poke some holes in for ventilation.
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I'd be carful with the water bottle. If it absorbes to much heat and then he toches it he could get burnt. I'm not saying its defiantly going to happen but for night I would be more worried than the day of him touching it.
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Good point. If I wrap it in fleece or something?
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Yea leave a little gape at the top so that it still abrobes the heat when the heat lamp is on at night.
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Alright, will do. Thank you.
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There should be no risk off burns because the water can only get up to the same temp as everything else in the pen. That would be the same temp your CHE is set at.The more things you have in the pen that can absorb heat when you have power the longer it will stay warmer when you lose power. May be like more layers of fleece on the floor.
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Alright, I'll definitely take your advice. I planned on throwing more fleece in anyways for the winter.
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