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Odd, they pulled the review with pics of the burned down chicken coup, and all the siding on the side of the user's home. There was a pile of these death traps in the 90% off holiday stuff at Home Depot.
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Odd, they pulled the review with pics of the burned down chicken coup, and all the siding on the side of the user's home. There was a pile of these death traps in the 90% off holiday stuff at Home Depot.
Mildly concerning because I bought these on sale in December. One is in my chicken coop, the other my garage...
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Odd, they pulled the review with pics of the burned down chicken coup, and all the siding on the side of the user's home. There was a pile of these death traps in the 90% off holiday stuff at Home Depot.
It wouldn't be the first time amazon pulled down or withheld reviews in order to protect sales. Sadly I think its more frequent now than its ever been. Buyers beware.
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Odd, they pulled the review with pics of the burned down chicken coup, and all the siding on the side of the user's home. There was a pile of these death traps in the 90% off holiday stuff at Home Depot.
The review that was pulled with pics of the fire was pretty bad. Crazy they took it down. Here is what it said though:

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"1.0 out of 5 stars Chicken coop caught on fire 2 weeks after placing this
December 30, 2018
Style: On at 35, Off at 45Verified Purchase
Our whole coop burned down after installing this. I don't know if this item was the cause but it was the only new thing placed in the coop. Both chickens perished in the fire and the garage siding melted off and the soffit is ruined."

Also, tons of reviews state the QC is horrible and it either doesn't work or just falls apart. Internals are very cheap and cannot be relied on. One review I thought was especially frightening:

"This thing is dangerous. It fell apart while I was plugging it in the first time. The front cover came off in my hand leaving the bare metal to shock me while I figured out how to get it unplugged."
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Was it UL listed? How can this thing have caused a fire and nothing looked into about the manufacturer
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Not worth the risk. Sad to hear about the chickens
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Was it UL listed? How can this thing have caused a fire and nothing looked into about the manufacturer
Multiple review state it has the UL seal. That said, I wouldn't put it past as Chinese manufacturer to falsely label it.
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Multiple review state it has the UL seal. That said, I wouldn't put it past as Chinese manufacturer to falsely label it.
Yeah I was just wondering about, because there's no retailer liability with all the China import stuff they could cut a lot of corners
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Heh. That chicken coop review is why I didn't buy one last time.
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yet FP...🤔
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i would expect a very small percentage of issues to be from manufacturer. if this was the only thing in coop, what was the point in having it there? proper safety procedures would have prevented alot of issues such as GFCI or similar plug or breaker which would trip upon a fault. Also, since this is 15 amp rated, most folks dont understand that this would be a fire hazard when plugged into a 20 amp circuit. i take reviews like that with a grain of salt. i would not have an outside plug without GFCI protection somewhere and make sure all devices are properly rated for the circuit.

Furthermore technically, the review is speculation since they did not know if this was the cause
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yet FP...🤔
Eh? I see it in Popular Deals, but this hasn't gone Front Page and won't.
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i would expect a very small percentage of issues to be from manufacturer. if this was the only thing in coop, what was the point in having it there? proper safety procedures would have prevented alot of issues such as GFCI or similar plug or breaker which would trip upon a fault. Also, since this is 15 amp rated, most folks dont understand that this would be a fire hazard when plugged into a 20 amp circuit. i take reviews like that with a grain of salt. i would not have an outside plug without GFCI protection somewhere and make sure all devices are properly rated for the circuit.

Furthermore technically, the review is speculation since they did not know if this was the cause
I can't remember if it was the GFCI outlet or the breaker that tripped when my last TC-2 Thermo Cube (On at 20/Off at 30) failed by shorting. I've got a TC-2 controlling a ceramic heater in my chicken coop. Their water has a heater with integral thermostatic control.
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The review that was pulled with pics of the fire was pretty bad. Crazy they took it down. Here is what it said though:

Pic 1 URL: https://images-na.ssl-images-amaz..._UX175.jpg

Pic 2 URL:
https://images-na.ssl-images-amaz..._UX175.jpg

"1.0 out of 5 stars Chicken coop caught on fire 2 weeks after placing this
December 30, 2018
Style: On at 35, Off at 45Verified Purchase
Our whole coop burned down after installing this. I don't know if this item was the cause but it was the only new thing placed in the coop. Both chickens perished in the fire and the garage siding melted off and the soffit is ruined."

Also, tons of reviews state the QC is horrible and it either doesn't work or just falls apart. Internals are very cheap and cannot be relied on. One review I thought was especially frightening:

"This thing is dangerous. It fell apart while I was plugging it in the first time. The front cover came off in my hand leaving the bare metal to shock me while I figured out how to get it unplugged."
No chance it was the wiring? Just curious.
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