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    Heating Sterilite Bins?

    So I am very very new to the hedgehog world and as such I spend ninety percent of my time reading hedgehog books and going on hedgehog websites and looking at hedgehog pictures and generally going hedgehog crazy Recently I was on the Hedgehog Central website and I found a thread http://http://hedgehogcentral.com/fo...php?f=8&t=4579 which said that hedgehogs need to be kept at tempatures of 73-75 o F at all times or they go into hibernation. But it also said that heating lamps and heating pads can melt Sterilite tubs. Since I was planning on keeping my future hedgehog in a Sterilite bin, I was confused as to how you heat one? I don't want my hedgehog to hibernate, but also don't want to melt its home Is there another heating method?

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    Hello ! I had the same questions when I was setting up mine. At first, I propped the bin up and used a human heating pad underneath. Then as it got colder, I realized I needed something stronger. I decided on the ceramic heat emmiter lamp. There is a thread on here called " Don't think Herman wheeled last night. Should I worry?? " started by Femiveg. In that post is a whole list (with the links to amazon) of all the supplies needed for a ceramic heat emitter. I don't know if I'm doing this right, but here is the link ? : http://www.hedgehogworld.com/showthr...Should-I-worry . I keep the lid on my sterilite bin (with plenty of air holes of course!) and the lamp clamped onto a chair next to the bin, with the lamp over the cage. I've never had a melting problem. I think you only have to worry about that when the heating element is directly touching the plastic or if you used a very high wattage of bulb. Hope this helped !

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    I use the sterilite bins too. I have Pyjama set up near one of our radiators and had to flip his home around cause he was getting too hot in his bed. (He would sleep in the tube between the two bins!) So he now has one of these under his hedgie hut, http://cozywinters.com/shop/kh-1060.html
    He seems quite happy with this arrangement. It definitely does not get hot enough to melt anything, I wouldn't even consider it if it would!! And I don't have to worry about it fall over or anything. But I guess it works for us cause we keep the house warm enough in general for him.
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    Hi Hogaholic. As Stacy mentioned, I use a ceramic heat emitter for Herman's sterilite bins. Although I do not keep my house very warm, I find that fleece bin liners, a t-shirt inside of the igloo, and a ceramic heat emitter keeps him nice and toasty. I do not keep the lids on the bins because I attached the CHE to the side of the bin with a safety clamp, pointed at the igloo. I keep a thermometer on top of the igloo so that I can keep an eye on the temperature. I've never had a melting problem because the the clamp keeps the lamp cover off of the bin. Even when it is very cold outside, Herman's igloo doesn't get below 70 degrees when the thermostat is on high. Good luck! Please post any questions that you have. I definitely would not know how to be a good hedgie mom without all the advice I've received from this forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hogaholic View Post
    So I am very very new to the hedgehog world and as such I spend ninety percent of my time reading hedgehog books and going on hedgehog websites and looking at hedgehog pictures and generally going hedgehog crazy Recently I was on the Hedgehog Central website and I found a thread http://http://hedgehogcentral.com/fo...php?f=8&t=4579 which said that hedgehogs need to be kept at tempatures of 73-75 o F at all times or they go into hibernation. But it also said that heating lamps and heating pads can melt Sterilite tubs. Since I was planning on keeping my future hedgehog in a Sterilite bin, I was confused as to how you heat one? I don't want my hedgehog to hibernate, but also don't want to melt its home Is there another heating method?
    I've read through that thread I believe... and if memory serves me right (since the link doesn't work for me) the poster was of non-english speaking origins and was talking that it could melt the bin. If you rest the lamp to near the edge in theory it could melt the bin.

    Heating the bin is a necessity, I'd just watch it for a while and see if the plastic feels like it's getting soft... if it isn't it's all good. If it does get soft I'd try a lower power CHE.

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    Okay, thanks everyone for your help!

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    I use Sterilite tubs also. The tubs are connected to each other. I keep a heating pad set on low under the snuggle tub and it's never melted the tub. I also keep a towel over that tub to help keep heat it.
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    You are fine with a Reptile heating pad under the bin AS LONG AS you use the little feet that come with the pad. The feet are just like the little feet on the bottom of computer equipment and small appliances and they serve the same purpose (to raise it up so that the hot air under the pad can dissipate and cool instead of smothering the pad and over heating.) Keep your cage on a hard flat surface (not carpeting that it will sink into and end up smothering the pad anyway).

    You can also purchase thermostats for the pads if you are worried.
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    I have a plastic tote, too and I live in New England so I'm in the same boat as you. I was thinking you could get some flame resistant material (or old pajamas) and sandwich a heating pad between a few layers of that. Also try this resource, it lists the pros and cons to many different heating sources: http://www.hedgehogbook.webs.com/pet...ehogs-free.pdf
    Last edited by Zoodlezu; 07-26-2011 at 06:43 PM.

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    well this seems to be a hot topic i posted earlier about this allow me to aid you in this plastic bins are a pain in the but if you dont know how different types of heating to be used allow me to aid
    i would suggest two types of heating depending on climate and ambient temps (air temps)
    type one is a under tub heating system that ive used on reptiles if controlled properly it is flawless here is a link for the controller
    http://lllreptile.com/store/catalog/...p-gun-special/
    and this is the best controller on the market and it comes with a temp gun second thing you would need is heating elements for the tubs there are three different kinds one is flex watt heat tape which i do not recommend since it is so sensitive and if installed wrong is a fire hazard the second kind are heat pads these are idiot proof and strongly recommended when paired with the heat controller everyone has a size they like so im going to post the whole list
    http://lllreptile.com/store/catalog/...ble-and-rocks/
    the third kind is a uv heat emitter i wouldn't even have clue to make these work on a sterilight tub but they are effective in caging and are nice because they heat the animal and not the environment but since hedgies like to sleep so much it could be a risk too so make sure you do your home work on these now with that said they do make large tub racks with built in heat mind you these are intended for snakes but with some ingenuity they can be converted to mammal racks like adding better ventilation on the tubs here is the link for the racks that i am in talking about
    http://www.boaphileplastics.com/arborealracks.html
    these racks come with heat and are set up for reptiles but if you cut some of the front and add a screen for air circulation chances are this would work superbly
    and a post not if you talk to Jeff Ronne at boaphile he can even do custom configurations for your racking needs and he is quite knowledgeable in serving his customers needs and is a pretty funny guy to get to know and all his racks come with heat so all you need is the controller kind of a plug and play operation if you ask me kind of nice too

    hope this helps
    Ray
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