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Old 02-13-2011, 10:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default CHE setup for multi-story C&C cage---ideas?

So right now I use small space heaters as well as keeping the household heat above 72 to keep my hedgies warm and it works great, but its a bit steep on the oil and electricity front--plus it gets too hot for the humans and husky-mix

I want to do a CHE setup but I now have a 4 story C&C cage (the bottom level is storage, the hedgies are on the top 3) and I'm having a hard time envisioning what the best CHE setup for my type of cage would look like.

I thought about getting one of those floor lamps and attaching the CHE's to it for each level on a semi-tilt so the heat is directed downwards.

Any thoughts or ideas (and pictures haha) would be greatly appreciated!!

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Can you post a picture of your current set up? It might help with suggestions
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This is what it looked like a month and a half ago when I built it, I've made some alterations since--mostly to prevent Whiskey from shimming out the larger squares
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Default Re: CHE setup for multi-story C&C cage---ideas?

My understanding is that it's difficult to use CHEs with multi-level cages because the dome of the fixture is designed to project heat and retain it from rising. So to have it on its side or at an angle doesn't work well.

I use a portable oil-filled radiator to heat my hedgie room. Its very low cost (It can use 600, 900 or flick both switches and use 1500 watts) I keep it on the 600 w setting and have it at 3 (there is a scale from 1-10) It affects my heating bill less than the one CHE did- so running 3 CHEs will definitely cost more.

I got my radiator for free, but I've seen it as cheap as $30 in stores. Compare that to 3 lamps, 3 CHEs , and 3 thermostats- thats over $200.
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Default Re: CHE setup for multi-story C&C cage---ideas?

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This is what it looked like a month and a half ago when I built it, I've made some alterations since--mostly to prevent Whiskey from shimming out the larger squares
The coroplast walls look dangerously short. And they spacing on that middle grid on the bottom is also really unsafe. 8 inches is the recommended minimum height of coroplast in a C&C cage, and the grids should be nine squares across.
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Default Re: CHE setup for multi-story C&C cage---ideas?

Like I said, it's an old picture and I've made renovations since it was built. The front walls were actually about 7" when built and the back and sides are above 10".

Target cubes boxes apparently come with two sizes in a pack and I didn't realize that as the first package I bought only had the standard sized (9 cubes across) so I didn't think to look.

I'll definitely be looking into the oil filled radiator, thanks!!
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Default Re: CHE setup for multi-story C&C cage---ideas?

That's really funny I actually had the same trouble, I got cubes from target and they have half small cubes and half really large - it's bizarre. Meijer's has the all small cube kind. Target is really useful sometimes and then completely confusing at other times.
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