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  • Hershells Figerator

    Ok. I just got home. I have been off work for hours but Wills has got me sidetracked on another project so I didn't get to take pictures of the figurator and post them. I did find a couple old pictures. These are old freezers with a thermostat and a heat bulb. A small fan circulates the air to the bottom and across a pan of water to keep the humidity up. Any way, they're not difficult to build but work good and are outside in the cold.
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    Last edited by Hershell; 12-15-2015, 08:50 PM.
    Nothing in the world takes the place of growing citrus till figs come along. Ray City, Ga. Zone 8 b.

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    Moved this to a new topic for more visibility
    Cutting sales have ended for the season. Plant sales will start March 1 at 8 eastern time. If it is still too cold in your area I can hold your plants till a date of your choosing.

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    • #3
      Hershell, you are something. LoL
      newnandawg 7b Newnan, GA

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      • #4
        It solves the problem of heat, air movement and humidity. For those doing small scale this is perfect. How many does it hold?
        Cutting sales have ended for the season. Plant sales will start March 1 at 8 eastern time. If it is still too cold in your area I can hold your plants till a date of your choosing.

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        • Hershell
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          The larger one holds around 260 of the tree pots. I even like using those trays to hold the cups. I also made doors out of two layers of twinwall so light can shine through.

      • #5
        I have been trying to figure out a better set-up This brings joy to my heart. Thanks.

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        • #6
          This thing is awesome. I need one of these.. What kind of thermostat would I need for something like this Hershell?
          Kentucky Zone 6b

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          • eboone
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            Detailed instructions, yes please!!! I have a spare old fridge in the basement and Wills is having a cutting sale!

          • Hershell
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            Eric, any thermostat that can be set around 80 degrees and 15 amp should work.

          • Erick
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            Hey Ed, this makes you think just a little different when Hershell says he is putting his cuttings in the refrigerator. You should have seen my wife's face when I told her I needed this for my man cave.. I just backed away slowly.. I think she seen more figs in our future. But I don't have no idea why.. Mmm

        • #7
          This is genius. I wish I had one.
          Sarah
          Bay Area, CA (zone: 9B)

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          • #8
            That is brilliant!!!!!!!! Its like an egg incubator but not as hot. I made a similar one to hatch chicken eggs.....i used a small refrigerator....computer fans....light bulb...water heater thermostat...and water pan.
            Quy
            SoCal, Zone 9b

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            • Hershell
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              Well yes. I started out building these in about 1990 to hatch ostrich eggs in. I just used incubator thermostats.

            • Q*
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              That is awesome! Did they work well? You just gave me an idea....maybe I can hatch an ostrich or emu egg as a science project for my daughter this year!

          • #9
            Hershell,

            You stole my idea, I bet you want to patent it now!!!
            Looks great.

            Pete R - Hudson Valley, NY - zone 5b

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            • Hershell
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              Yes. That's why it's only a rumor. No pictures, no details and because it was your idea I know it's going to be great. Thanks Pete.

          • #10
            Looks awesome!
            Now, what do you do if all 260 root?
            USDA z 10a, SoCal. WL: Raspberry Tart, Boysenberry Blush

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            • Hershell
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              Well that wouldn't be a problem. I manage to thin them out by over or under watering after they root.

          • #11
            Wow looks really good! Next project for me to build?
            NC Zone 7a-b

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            • #12
              Any sort of thermostat will do. Either one that sits inside the figerator or an external. I use these. http://www.amazon.com/Digital-Thermo...ontrol+Unit%2C
              Cutting sales have ended for the season. Plant sales will start March 1 at 8 eastern time. If it is still too cold in your area I can hold your plants till a date of your choosing.

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              • #13
                There is little expense......a broken fridge, thermostat bulb and fan. The twinwall would probably be the hardest to find and if it is inside the house that would not be needed as no light anyway.
                Cutting sales have ended for the season. Plant sales will start March 1 at 8 eastern time. If it is still too cold in your area I can hold your plants till a date of your choosing.

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                • #14
                  Great Job Hershell! I wish i had the room to do that

                  If you guys want there is also a ton of documentation on the inter-webs for builidng a DIY Fermentation Fridge for home brewing that converts old fridges into heat controlled environments for fermenting beer at higher temps. I personally fabbed up my own temp controller for my keezer (chest freezer converted to kegerator) with a STC-1000 and some electrical knowledge as an alternative to the Johnson controller.

                  http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=252316
                  http://www.instructables.com/id/Conv...beer/?ALLSTEPS
                  http://www.homebrewersassociation.or...-fermentation/
                  May the Figs be with you!
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                  • #15
                    Very nice idea Cugino. I need bigger home😔
                    Zone 5 Chicago IL Wish list:
                    1) Rest peacfully Amico Bello Buddy 👼🏼.
                    2) This weeks ebay auctions.

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                    • Taverna78
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                      Well land but no too much indoor storage space open ahahaha !

                    • COGardener
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                      I joke with you. ..

                      Yet.... a big shed with power.

                    • Taverna78
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                      Ooooooouuuuuuuuuu

                  • #16
                    A clever idea.

                    My smokehouse has controlled heat, humidifier and controlled dehumidifier. Guess all it needs now is grow lights.
                    Jerry, Canyon Lake TX 8b

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                    • WillsC
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                      For just rooting you don't even need the lights.

                    • Hershell
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                      Jerry, Would that make the expensive cuttings that didn't root taste better?

                  • #17
                    Hershall, oh without a doubt. Have you never tried smoked fig wood? Or maybe the rooted ones would yield smoked figs. Think what those plants woukd bring at auction.
                    Jerry, Canyon Lake TX 8b

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                    • #18
                      This is the type of thermostat I used for my propagation mats and it works great. Just google "stc-1000" and you'll get a bunch of hits showing how to wire up this temperature controller.

                      http://www.ebay.com/itm/10A-110V-Dig...YAAOxyaTxTVMzM
                      Bill - Long Island, NY 7a
                      Wish List: Glacia Negra and any fig from Bari.

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                      • #19
                        A few more pictures. Just ideas, you can use what you have available.
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                        Nothing in the world takes the place of growing citrus till figs come along. Ray City, Ga. Zone 8 b.

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                        • #20
                          It has a faulse back that the fan is mounted to. The air blows in at the top and the air goes down and at the bottom is where the pan of water is. Stud keeps the air circulating so the temperature is the same top and bottom.
                          Nothing in the world takes the place of growing citrus till figs come along. Ray City, Ga. Zone 8 b.

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                          • #21
                            That's pretty slick Hershell. I hope you have room for a few more cuttings in there.

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                            • Hershell
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                              Thanks Charlie. There's always room for one more. Lol. You know how it is
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