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    it isn't cheap to convert your house into a zone control temp. each room has to have its own t-stat plus a board at the furnace. also i think each radiator has to have a valve to control the flow of heat to it. haven't worked on one of them since i was in school. down here very few houses have a radiator most of them have a airhandler. something like a evaporater cooler.

    ptheil, nice set up you have there
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    Thanks, since it was going in the basement I did not go for beauty so it works nice, and since it is bolted together I can take it apart and move it or resize it and only need to replace the plastic sheeting. It has worked well so far and I am happy with it for now, someday - a greenhouse.

    Cheers,

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    Joe, I do have an aquarium heater in the chamber, it's set at 93F and keep humidity and temp up. Right now the grow chamber temperature is at: 70F. Warm but wish it was warmer, might have to look into one of those seedling heat mats liek Nick mentioned.

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    N.G.
    I think I have the answer for you. I had the same problem you had. Now I have plenty of heat.
    I built two chambers that is very similar to Pete's. One stands upright like his and the other lays on it's side. I built them with 1/2 pvc pipe. (I'd suggest going with 3/4. If I build another one I will). Then I wrapped them in plastic. One is 3 ft sq. by 6ft high, with two shelves. The other is 4ft sq. and 6ft wide.
    Schloaty Like you I have one room that's mine and that's where I have both my grow chambers. I put it on the heating vent so that the heat would blow on the chamber but the plastic will not let the dry air from the vent in the chamber.
    I use different lights then most people. I use a lamp socket with a screw in fluorescent bulb. I just tie the cord and let the lights hang down. That way I can control the distance the light is from the plants. I also have one 2ft grow light that hangs above my nepenthes. With all this my temps were still very low. So I was at Lowes and I decided to try a flood growlight to increase the heat. I just replaced one of the fluorescent bulbs with the growlight. That one bulb solved all the problems I had with temps. I watched it for a couple of days to make sure It wasn't too much for the plants or the plastic. I have a digital thermometer so I can record the high and low temps. My high temps are in the 90's.
    The chamber's cost me about $6 each (excluding the lights). Tamlin saw pics of it you can ask him about it if you want.
    If you want more info about this just let me know.

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    PVC is a killer in price! $6 sounds like for 1 pipe of it! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img] I would like to say I may do that IF my temps don't go higher.

    Thanks!

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    PVC is not that high. It's about 30 cents for 10 ft. I used about 60 ft I think. It only get's expensive if you buy the 4" or 6" pvc. Go to Lowes and price it.

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    N.G.
    Just try the flood light or even a regular light bulb.
    You don't have to built the chamber to to get the heat.

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    SIX BUCKS!
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    I was going to save up for one of those fancy Indoor G/H's
    i.e. bimini, maui,borneo....500$-1700$
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