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    Hi! I have a drawer system and I've been wondering what's the best and cost-effective source of heat for the little guys? Heat mat, heat tape, or heat cable? Where and how do I place it?

    For reference, this is similar to the drawer that I have:

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    Any help would be very much appreciated!! Thanks!

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    Normally with a rack, you would use heat tape. It should be affixed to the shelf, under the bins. However- drawer systems such as what you have pictured usually don't have shelves under the bins.

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    Yes, exactly! That's why I was wondering on how I would be able to heat the bins?

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    Yes, exactly! That's why I was wondering on how I would be able to heat the bins?

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    You could put heat tape or a heat mat on the back of each bin. I had a rack that was heated that way. Are you planning to modify those bins in any way? I assume you'll make air holes. The bins, being opaque (as far as I can see) will be nearly pitch black all the time, so you also may want to consider cutting holes in the side and installing some screening for ventilation and light.

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    Yes, I do plan on adding ventilation holes to promote airflow.

    Also, by putting a heat mat on the back of the bin, did it reach desired temps? Were they all the same temps?
    I plan on putting the heat mat by the side though, since that's where my warm hide would be.

    Cheers!

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    In the situation where I had heat cable at the back, I was heating shoebox size tubs so it worked fine. You may have to experiment a bit to see how far the heat is going.

    Aliza

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