Snake keeping and loadshedding?

Snake keeping and loadshedding?

Postby Ryan95 » Wed Jul 01, 2015 10:16 am

Hi guys I'm looking into getting snakes some time soon and I'm worried about the loadshedding. How do you guys keep you snakes warm in winter with loadshedding? Thanks.
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Re: Snake keeping and loadshedding?

Postby Mitton » Wed Jul 01, 2015 10:37 am

You don't have to worry, if your room is insulated well enough it won't get too cold but also when the power comes back on the snake can heat up again.
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Re: Snake keeping and loadshedding?

Postby Ryan95 » Wed Jul 01, 2015 11:49 am

Thanks.
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Re: Snake keeping and loadshedding?

Postby Jedi Biscuit » Wed Jul 01, 2015 11:52 am

If your room isn't insulated (like my garage) this trick might help.

You will need:
2 x bricks
2 x ceramic pots with drainage holes
3 x tea light candles
2 x small pieces of polystyrene

What to do with them:
Place one pot upside down on the bricks with the three tea light candles under it in the middle of your room.
Place the other pot over the first with the polystyrene pieces as spacers so the pots don't sit directly on each other. Take care that the holes are staggered. (you should see the base of the first pot through the holes of the second)

This method can heat a closed room for up to 6 hours but takes a while to warm up, so prepare it about half an hour to an hour before you expect your load shedding.

Hope this helps =)
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Re: Snake keeping and loadshedding?

Postby TonyK » Wed Jul 01, 2015 1:41 pm

Just buy one of those "camping"style generators.I did a little research and ended up buying the Honda EU20i.Its wisper quiet and is pretty powerful dispite its small size.
I am so impressed with the little honda I even run my TV/DSTV, wifi router and all my lights from it.
My neighbour ended up buying the Kippor IG2600 its about 2-3k cheaper if you don't mind Chinese.
Just stay away from the cheap open frame gensets the noise will drive you and your neighbours crazy.
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Re: Snake keeping and loadshedding?

Postby Ryan95 » Wed Jul 01, 2015 1:56 pm

Thanks for the good ideas guys:).
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Re: Snake keeping and loadshedding?

Postby Bernice » Wed Jul 01, 2015 3:09 pm

Jedi Biscuit
That 'pot-heater' sounds intriguing... but Im having a hard time visualizing the setup... can you maybe post a pic for the less imaginative ones of us?
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Re: Snake keeping and loadshedding?

Postby Mitton » Wed Jul 01, 2015 3:57 pm

If you just google "pot heater"

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Re: Snake keeping and loadshedding?

Postby Jedi Biscuit » Wed Jul 01, 2015 4:11 pm

Its also a cheep way to warm up a room for those on student budgets lol, costs about 200 bucks to set up and from then on about R6-10 per use depending on how much your candles are =)
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Re: Snake keeping and loadshedding?

Postby Bernice » Wed Jul 01, 2015 6:08 pm

oooooooh! Thanks Biscuit! may the force be with you...
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Re: Snake keeping and loadshedding?

Postby Jedi Biscuit » Thu Jul 02, 2015 7:30 am

Hahaha no problem :-D
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Re: Snake keeping and loadshedding?

Postby Tyronen » Thu Jul 02, 2015 2:19 pm

TonyK wrote:Just buy one of those "camping"style generators.I did a little research and ended up buying the Honda EU20i.Its wisper quiet and is pretty powerful dispite its small size.
I am so impressed with the little honda I even run my TV/DSTV, wifi router and all my lights from it.
My neighbour ended up buying the Kippor IG2600 its about 2-3k cheaper if you don't mind Chinese.
Just stay away from the cheap open frame gensets the noise will drive you and your neighbours crazy.


The Honda EU20i looks lekker, where did you buy yours from and +- what price?
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Re: Snake keeping and loadshedding?

Postby TonyK » Fri Jul 03, 2015 6:18 am

Tyronen Pm sent
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Re: Snake keeping and loadshedding?

Postby Bushviper » Sat Jul 04, 2015 1:34 pm

Polystyrene will melt in next to no time. No idea why you would use them as spacers. Use small pieces of tile.

I see there are numerous UPS systems which are running off batteries and will run most snakes rooms for a number of hours at minimal costs. Most heating pads are around 14 to 20 watts. Ten heating pads are only 200 watts and these systems can handle that easily.

I have asked a herper who is the Director of Ubuntu systems for an idea aimed at herpers especially those with incubators and tropical snakes who cannot take long periods without power. He has said he will look into it and get back to us.
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Re: Snake keeping and loadshedding?

Postby Ryan95 » Sun Jul 05, 2015 8:15 am

It will be interesting to see what he has to say on that.
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