Feed hummingbirds in freezing weather with the
easy-to-use hummingbird feeder heater, Hummer Hearth!

Hummer Hearth Setup and Usage Instructions

The Hummer Hearth fits hummingbird feeders with a ring-type perch and feeders with a bottom free of protrusions - these enable the Hummer Hearth to be in direct in contact with the bottom of the feeder. The Hummer Hearth works by creating a pocket of warm air which heats the bottom of the feeder and the nectar therein. For safety reasons, there must be a space between the bulb and the surface of the feeder. Do not use Hummer Hearth if, when attached to feeder, the bulb is in contact with the feeder.

INITIAL ADJUSTMENT

The Hummer Hearth attaches to your hummingbird feeder with three hooks that engage the ring perch. These hooks are attached to shock cord which is adjusted by squeezing the cord lock and moving the lock along the cord.

  1. Bowl-type feeders, remove the hanging hook; or, bottle-type feeders, remove bottle.
  2. Turn the feeder over and place the Hummer Hearth on top of the feeder.
  3. Connect the hooks to the ring perch and use the cord lock to adjust the tension of the shock cords.
  4. Adjust the tension on each hook by removing slack or tension as needed until all three hooks have about the same tension and are spaced evenly. Once properly adjusted you can remove and reattach to your feeder without making adjustments. See Figure 1.

    TIP: It's best to have just enough tension to hold your Hummer Hearth against the bottom of your feeder. Reduce the tension if it is very tight.

FILLING THE FEEDER

Bowl-Type Feeders

  1. Remove the lamp holder.
  2. Place the Hummer Hearth upright on a flat surface then place the bowl feeder on top of the Hummer Hearth.
  3. Fill the feeder.  See Figure 2.
  4. Replace the feeder top.
  5. Holding the feeder down against the Hummer Hearth with one hand, attach the hooks to the ring perch with the other hand.  See Figure 3.
  6. Adjust for even tension and spacing between hooks.
  7. Attach the ant moat cover. See Figure 4.

Bottle-Type Feeders

  1. Remove the lamp holder.
  2. Place the Hummer Hearth on a flat surface then place the feeder bottom on top of the Hummer Hearth.
  3. Holding the feeder down against the Hummer Hearth with one hand, attach the hooks to the ring perch with the other hand.  See Figure 5.
  4. Adjust for even tension and spacing between hooks.
  5. Fill the bottle.
  6. Screw the base with the Hummer Hearth attached to the filled bottle. See Figure 6.

HANG YOUR FEEDER

  1. Hang feeder with the Hummer Hearth attached just as you would normally hang your feeder.
  2. Remove packing material from lamp holder.
  3. Be sure the lamp holder is not plugged into power.
  4. Squeeze the two metal tabs on the lamp holder together then insert the lamp holder into the round hole in the base of the Hummer Hearth until the metal tabs snap in place. See Fig 7.
  5. Release the metal tabs and check that the lamp holder is firmly attached into the Hummer Hearth. See Figure 8.
  6. Plug the lamp holder cord into a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupting) outlet.
  7. Verify that the bulb is working.

REMOVING FEEDER FOR FILLING

  1. Unplug lamp holder cord.
  2. Squeeze metal tabs on lamp holder together then remove the lamp from Hummer Hearth.
  3. Follow filling instructions in reverse order to prepare for refilling.  

TIPS FOR USE

The Hummer Hearth is supplied with a 7 watt candelabra C7 bulb as a heat source. Generally, a 7 watt C7 bulb will keep a small feeder thawed to about 15 degrees F.  A 15 watt candelabra bulb (not supplied) may be used; it will keep smaller feeders thawed to about 5 degrees F. Feeder size, shape and wind conditions significantly affect the ability of the Hummer Hearth to heat your feeder. The goal is to heat the feed gently, to keep it from freezing, but not so much that the nectar becomes overheated. Never install a bulb with a wattage higher than 15 watts.

For best results attach the Hummer Hearth to a small bottle-type feeder. If you don't own a small bottle-type feeder, you may want to consider purchasing one specifically for use with the Hummer Hearth during the cold months; switch back to a decorative-type feeder during the remainder of the year.

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