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« on: July 20, 2015, 02:15:45 PM »

I wanted to share with everyone my technique for degreasing bones

I read a lot of advice and started with an aquarium heater, where you can basically set the temp past the max temp setting which is normally 96F.

Problem was, well at least for me, even when I set it higher I could just not reach the recommended setting of 110F.

Now that is not to say for others it does not work but for me it did not.

I found an alternative method that after setup within 5 minutes my temp was where it was suppose to be,

What i used were two items I got from ebay. plus an 18 gallon storage tote

Immersion Water Heater 1350 Watts - http://www.ebay.com/itm/381191470666?_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

120/110VAC Fahrenheit All Purpose Temperature Controller - http://www.ebay.com/itm/281435311101?_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

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The wiring was not that hard and the temp switch manual needed more info but was not that hard

If anyone has questions I would be more than happy to help out

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« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2015, 03:20:12 PM »

Good to know. Try and get your degreasing temp up to 115. That is the low end of the range. A higher temp of 120 is better for deer and other animals that have a tallow type of fat which melts at a higher temperature. There are only a couple of brands of aquarium heater that seem to do well with this tampering. One was made by Tetra and the other was the Aqueon.
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« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2015, 03:22:42 PM »

More importantly: Baboon or mandrill?  Either way, you should donate it to our university collection!  :)
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« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2015, 03:59:09 PM »

Good to know. Try and get your degreasing temp up to 115. That is the low end of the range. A higher temp of 120 is better for deer and other animals that have a tallow type of fat which melts at a higher temperature. There are only a couple of brands of aquarium heater that seem to do well with this tampering. One was made by Tetra and the other was the Aqueon.

I actually have it set to go up to 115 then kick back on when it drops to 110 but I can increase to 120
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« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2015, 05:31:44 PM »

More importantly: Baboon or mandrill?  Either way, you should donate it to our university collection!  :)

It is a baboon.

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« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2015, 09:16:53 PM »

LOL. I saw that and thought about asking. I have both. Perspective in the container had me puzzled though.  :)
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« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2015, 11:28:25 AM »

So I assume that the sensor is water proof. Some of the info on these that I found just say for heating and cooling nothing about water. Just making sure sounds like a great plan.
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« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2015, 07:20:26 AM »

I bought both items. I am having a little trouble with the wiring. Can you post pics of how you did it?
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« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2015, 08:30:28 AM »

Thanks for posting.  I am always interested in new techniques.  I am very limited in the skull degreasing knowledge.
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« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2015, 01:58:10 PM »

Here is how to set it

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« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2015, 06:10:08 PM »

Thanks a million!
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« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2015, 11:41:23 PM »

Thank you also
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« Reply #12 on: August 15, 2015, 05:41:02 PM »

Also marking for later experimentation. Thanks.  :)
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« Reply #13 on: August 16, 2015, 11:24:24 AM »

Does this stay constant? I have a setup currently with a heating element that is wired to single element thermostat. This looks way easier to tell the temp and set up.
Anything wrong with it so far?

Thanks
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« Reply #14 on: August 16, 2015, 09:07:40 PM »

Does this stay constant? I have a setup currently with a heating element that is wired to single element thermostat. This looks way easier to tell the temp and set up.
Anything wrong with it so far?

Thanks

The way I have it set up is when the water comes down to 115f it kicks on then cuts off at 120f.

Since the element is still hot after it cuts off temps can climb to 125f.

All in all its working great.

However the water evaporates so you have to keep an eye on it and add every so often

Also keep the element clean also
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