Hello Mutineers! If you’ve followed us here on the website or on social media sites like Instagram and Facebook, you know that I like to share the things we actually use around Mutiny Ranch. Since our interests are diverse these items range from animal care to gardening implements but also footwear and kitchen gadgets. No matter what the item is though if we recommend it here then we personally own and use it or have researched it enough to have it on our “wishlist”.
The Mutiny Ranch Item of the Day (3/25/2021) is the Ambient Weather WS-10 Wireless Thermo-Hygrometer with 3 Remotes. Whew, that’s a mouthful so let’s just call it a weather station for now.
This thing is really cool and super handy because it can give you temperatures from up to 8 different places at the same time. You may wonder why you would need to know the temperatures of so many places so let me tell you how I’ve used mine.
First, it’s always nice to know what the temperature is outside before you actually head out. So you can place one remote on your porch so you know whether or not you can run out in your pj’s to feed the chickens or if you really should throw on a coat. Our temperatures fluctuate wildly here in SW Colorado. Two days ago it was 68F and yesterday it snowed. Glancing at the temperature readout right before bed from the comfort of the house is also nice so I know if things changed dramatically and I need to take precautions for the animals outside.
Second, I often get chicks in the spring. Chicks have to be kept at fairly high temperatures for the first few weeks of their lives. It’s imperative or they will die. So no matter where we set them up (inside the house or in a small chicken tractor outside) we can place a remote in their box and monitor the temperature from the display without disturbing them.
Third, I love to make fermented foods. Things like yogurt and amazake need to be maintained at a certain temperature to ensure proper fermentation. Since I often use a cooler as my fermentation chamber the last thing I want to do is constantly open it, allowing all the warm air to escape, just to check the temperature. Instead, I drop a remote in the cooler and monitor the temperature on the display hanging on the wall in my kitchen.
Fourth, we have an unheated grow tunnel that we built a few years ago. When things are planted inside I like to keep track of the interior temperatures. That way I know if I might want to add a layer of row covers on a particularly cold night or if I need to open the doors when the sun is really shining. Even in the winter, I’ve seen the inside temperature of the grow tunnel get well over 90F.
Fifth, when planning your garden area (or barn or any other item you want to add to your property) it’s a good idea to track temperatures (highs and lows) for a while to see the fluctuations. You might think one particular area would be great for an herb garden spiral only to find out it’s the coldest spot on your property (called a cold sink).
I’m pretty sure our little barn (built way before we moved here) is in a cold sink. The proximity to the house is great but it would have been better if it had been built somewhere else where it had better protection from the winter cold and the summer heat.
Sixth, we have a wood-burning hot tub that takes a while to heat up. It can also get overheated easily. You can purchase a remote specifically for a hot tub or pool or pond that works with this weather station. You’ll be able to monitor the temperature of your hot tub without running back and forth to check.
Seventh, you may find that you want to track humidity…that might be for weather purposes or growing purposes. If you want to try your hand at growing mushrooms or running an indoor hydroponics system knowing the temperature and humidity levels will be crucial.
For those of you who are part of the RVing community, these come in handy in cold weather. We had a sensor inside the compartment that housed our water pump. If there was going to be a freeze we could run our small ceramic heater and keep an eye on the temperature from inside the RV. It was a little peace of mind to see the water lines weren’t going to freeze and that the heater wasn’t overheating the area too.
As you can see, there are many applications for this Ambient WS-10 Weather Station. The main base has a sensor inside and monitors the ambient temperature and humidity wherever it’s placed. It also comes with 3 small remotes that can be placed in a multitude of places. You can purchase additional remotes to add to the system if you find you need more…including one designed specifically for water.
Note: One of the nice features of this unit is that each remote has its own readout. So, if I’m in the grow tunnel I can look at the remote and see the temperature and humidity. Some other units don’t have readouts on the actual remote…kind of a pain.
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