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instructions with picture? to make a warming box?

post #1 of 20
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Can somebody tell me how to make a warming box for sugar? A picture would be most helpful.........I'm pretty handy, I guess I just need some instructions here.

post #2 of 20
I don't have any photos...but scroll down to the bottom of page 2 on this thread and our old friend PastryDiva explains how to make one. I'm sure you can find a photo of one if you do a search on google....good luck...
post #3 of 20
BTW...I remember Diva also saying you could buy the warming light for about $15 at a pet store. The ones they sell are used for reptiles but serve the same purpose. She was full of great ideas....
post #4 of 20
Yes, serve the same purpose? You have to remember that lights used for reptile cages are not 250 watt bulbs if they were they would fry the more critter in the cage. All professional warming boxes come with a 250 watt heat lamp bulb which gets far hotter than a reptile bulb. I remember the post where she was talking about this. She pm me about that and said they were 250 watt bulbs. There agian Kathee as I told you in my pm to you they are a matter of personal preference. No 2 chefs will have the same designed box at least not from what I have seen. The reptile bulb would proably work but it would take more than one. Checkout this link they have a link there for sugar equipment and a pic of a warming box. You could also try or both of these sites have sugar work equipment I don't know about warming boxes because I have never tried to get them there. You might also try calling a culinary school that offers courses in this type of work one in particular is it is located in Florida it is ran by the world renown Ewald Notter one of the best sugar artitist in the world. Thats the thing about this type of art you are only limited by your imagination. Look around your home you proably have most of what you need already there, agian the box is just personal preference, unless you want to spend $350 to $400 for a professional box.
post #5 of 20
I am thinking too Sugar Creations that the size of your warming box would come into play with how high a wattage or what type of bulb you could get away with since the type of bulb also comes into play with how much heat it generates.
There is the same kind of issue when you are making a light box for use with pictures for buttercream transfers or even when you use these for stained glass as I do. If there is not enough space and area for the heat to dissipate you could be asking for trouble.
So would this not also be the case when you are designing a warming box just as it would be in the case of a reptile box, the distance from the heat source and the object?
I have made some lighted shadow boxes for art work using halogen lights and was surprized at just how much heat they gave off.
Just curious!
Hugs Squirrelly
post #6 of 20
There agian SC it falls back to what I said in a preivous post "personal preference" and size. You do not even have to have the sugar where it is inside the box I have seen chefs where the bulbs were outside. True you could use a lower wattage but that would require getting the heat closer to your work. The key here I guess is that you need enough room inside the box to work the sugar so you have to decide how much width you need.Typical boxes are 25 inches high. And if you get the heat source to close has your working the sugar you could get severly burned. As if burns from the hot sugar isn't bad enough. You don't need heat lamp burns to go with them.
post #7 of 20
Heehee, no you surely wouldn't want to deal with the burns from heat lamps on top of everything else.
I asked because I know a few people that had little fires in their regular light boxes from confining too much heat too close, I guess with the plexiglass reflecting the light too and not having enough distance in their cases, it was a risky. Reminds me of how children would take a magnifying glass outside and create fires because of the sun's reflection. My oldest makes these really wonderful photographs on a special paper that she lights from behind. We really had to play with depths because the little halogen lights we use gave off a lot of heat.
I suppose we always apply what we learn from something somewhat similar So in this case the depth is going to be a big factor.
Thanks for answering kiddo!
Hugs Squirrelly
post #8 of 20
No problem. Its just simply a matter of what works best for the individual thats all. Do not be bound by what is written. You are only bound by your imagination.Make sense?
post #9 of 20
Thanks kiddo and also a big thanks for sharing information and de-mystifying a lot of things about sugar and making it seem more do-able!
Hugs Squirrelly
post #10 of 20
No problem.
post #11 of 20
I bought a lamp fixture and a heat bulb from home depot for $20. The bulb is for a bathroom and is only 125 watts. I figured that if i put tin on the inside of my box that would make up for the lower wattage.
post #12 of 20
May work but I doubt it. Heat lamps only run about $6 for the clear ones. You can try your setup. Let me know how it does.

Rgds Sugarcreations
post #13 of 20
Originally Posted by adven68

BTW...I remember Diva also saying you could buy the warming light for about $15 at a pet store. The ones they sell are used for reptiles but serve the same purpose. She was full of great ideas....

That was for the warming lamp you could get a pet lamp for 15 bucks!!!

you can get 3 pieces of plexiglass that you put some hinges on so you can store it flat.

2 pieces of white pressed board with groves for the plexiglass and a hole in the top to hang the light..

Ugh, uploading the pictures didn't work.! sorry...I have to edit the picture as it has peoples faces on it, it shows the warming box I was talking about!
post #14 of 20
My husband made mine with plexiglass and wood. He cut the wood to fit the plexiglass and then put a hole in the top of the "box" for the cord that was attached to the light. The light had a "cage" on it and the bulb is a 250 watt bulb. The entire cost was about $60.00. He was VERY proud of it and I have a new "toy"! Now, here is a little tip: Use a marble cutting board with a silpat mat on it. I tried other boards but found they did not conduct the heat and my sugar/Isomalt cooled too quickly. Have fun! I have to get mine out this week to make some Christmas Ornaments for a wedding cake!
post #15 of 20
Good for you. See you do not have to spend $400 on a professional box. Way to go......

Rgds Sugarcreations
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