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the danger of heat registers

Posted by veryzer 5a IL (My Page) on
Tue, Feb 23, 10 at 21:40

I've read several peoples' recommendations for placing trays above heating vents as a cheap alternative to heating mats. But....when looking at the back of a Miracle Gro seed starting bag a read a warning to "keep away from heat registers."

So is this a risky practice or what?

Thanks.


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RE: the danger of heat registers

I don't know. I never buy anything miracle grow. I don't like their products.

My guess is that they are talking about the bag and not the contents. Some dumb nut must have set the bag on a register and sued and they are covering their butts against lawsuits. Can you imagine what would happen if the bag melted and the contents went down the vent. Peat will burn and it could cause a fire.

If you ever use a heating vent for bottom heat the pots should not be sitting directly on the vent anyway. When I did that I always put a cake rack on the vent to hold my small tray of pots.


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RE: the danger of heat registers

I double checked on the Scott's website. It says that after sowing "keep containers away from direct sunlight and furnace registers."

At any rate, I guess enough people have used vents with success for me not to sweat it.

Thanks.


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RE: the danger of heat registers (addendum)

By the way, I didn't mean to imply danger or risk to anything except the seedlings. I think my original post was unclear and misleading.


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RE: the danger of heat registers

Top of the fridge is a nice alternative heat source... and no worries there =)


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RE: the danger of heat registers

That's where I was going to keep them Viking. But I felt the top of my fridge and it's actually cool to the touch. They must be insulating the newer ones more. Maybe I'll put them on top of the compact fluorescent setup on my aquarium.

Thanks.


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RE: the danger of heat registers

veryzer:

"Keep containers out of direct sunlight"?????

If there's danger in that then I think they'd better reformulate their soil composition. Plants are meant to grow in direct sunlight. If I didn't have reason never to use miracle grow--there's one for you--unbelievable!!!


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RE: the danger of heat registers

I really hate to be a wet blanket here, well no I am enjoying this. I have a MG seed starting potting mix in front of me right now! I see no warnings any where about any heat registers. I do see step 4 "Keep moist and out of direct sunlight" Just a wild guess by me, but I do the same thing until the seeds sprout. That sounds like good advice to me. BTW it does work but I don"t like sphagnum moss products and won't be purchasing more.
Curt;)


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RE: the danger of heat registers

Well they either added or did away with that instruction, because that's what #5 says unless my English is becoming suspect.

Like I said, they must have had a change of heart, but I'm not going to worry about it in any case.

Here is a link that might be useful: MG instructions


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