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    I am in need of advice on how I can heat a wooden enclosure for my leopard gecko. I managed to grab an old cabinet that we are going to turn into a new enclosure. Right now my leo is in a 10 gallon with a UTH, and a 60 watt heat bulb as well as a 60 watt purple nightime bulb. During the day all three of those need to be on in order to maintain heat and at night the daylight bulb is shut off.

    What I'm wondering is how I can heat the new enclosure because I know that putting a heat mat on wood is a safety hazard. It's roughly 4 feet long from my guess as well.

    here are the pictures of it so far as we are working on it. Also, please excuse the mess our room is still being renovated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GalaxyGecko View Post
    I am in need of advice on how I can heat a wooden enclosure for my leopard gecko. I managed to grab an old cabinet that we are going to turn into a new enclosure. Right now my leo is in a 10 gallon with a UTH, and a 60 watt heat bulb as well as a 60 watt purple nightime bulb. During the day all three of those need to be on in order to maintain heat and at night the daylight bulb is shut off.

    What I'm wondering is how I can heat the new enclosure because I know that putting a heat mat on wood is a safety hazard. It's roughly 4 feet long from my guess as well.

    here are the pictures of it so far as we are working on it. Also, please excuse the mess our room is still being renovated.
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    There's a couple of ways to do it depending on how you want to do it..

    One way is you could use a routor to make part of the bottom thinner where the heat mat would go, so its only like 1/4" thick in that spot.

    The other way would be to put the heat mat on the inside under a 1/4~" thick piece of tile or something. if you do this method i'd recommend carving out a spot in the wood under the tile for the thermostat probe to sit so the tile sits flush.. you will have to play with the temp settings to get the top of the tile to the desired temp. in fairness you'd have to do that the other way too.
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    This is what I used on melamine enclosures. It worked well, no problems with it for the 15 or so years that I had the enclosures.

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