juliezeh wrote:First of all, please forgive my ignorance on this topic, guys: I joined this forum JUST to talk about doghouse heaters; I don't know beans about hunting or fishing, and I know very little about doghouse heater-making. I just want to make a couple for my cats that live outside.
My question is: what's the difference between the coffee can design and a work light? I went to Lowe's to find the electrical parts for the heater, and saw lights that were nothing more than a standard incandescent light bulb in a wire cage with a 25-foot cord. Wouldn't they work the same?
houndheaterguy wrote:Thanks Dan,
I went with this idea and have had it commercially produced for about 5 years now. (sold many thousands) My newest version will come out for 2008. It will be thermastatically controlled with an element that has a cycle life of over 100,000 cycles and will last for many years. Really a slick item. This one will be patented based on the "unique design criteria" but the idea you came up with could not. I also just received my patent on a crate cooler mat. Really works awesome and very simple.
Thanks Mike Hill
Dick Monson wrote:Don, the light cage would work, but the pup will only get a hot nose once. They'll remember. Main thing is that the house is big enough so he has room away from the heat.
Thanks Dick...the house is 4'x3' with no dividers so should have plenty of room. Have a dog door with flap to hold in the heat. If I can keep him from eating it
Bobm wrote:Mount a simple one bulb light receptacle on a junction box on the wall of a dog house feed the power cord out through the back of the house and thru the fence where the dog cannot get to it. Put the dog house against the fence to keep the dog away from the cord if thats not possible run the power in metal conduit and be sure to ground it, ground the can also, the easiet way to do the can is with one of the mounting bolts .
When the bulb is on, the can will get hot enough the dog wont mess with it.
Take a 3 lb coffee can and with small bolts fasten 4 evenly spaced right angle brackets on the open end poke some small holes in the bottom so it can drain any moisture and you can see if the light bulb is working and then screw the can over the light thru the right angle brackets so the dog cannot get to it.
I use small bolts thru the back of the dog house with wing nuts so its easy to remove the can and change the bulbs.
A light bulb will give of a lot of heat and the can radiates it, like a mini wood stove.
40 watts is plenty down here.