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#1 llreid86

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 01:07 PM

Winter's cold temps are close!! I need something to keep my water trough from freezing, any suggestions?? The 5 gallon buckets just aren't enough water for 2 horses but I guess I could get a few if that's my only option!!

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 01:19 PM

do you electricty out to thebarn, use a de-icer for the trough

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 02:38 PM

If you're like me and can't do electricity, get a Tank Cozy https://www.wildange... Stock Tank Top

They're available for pre-order now, ship in December. I'm buying one for sure!
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Posted 01 November 2011 - 07:37 PM

It's a big help to paint the tank black and keep it in the sun. Then float a rubber ball on the water, about the size of a small soccer ball. The movement of the ball on the water helps keep it from freezing. If it does ice over, just chop a horsehead sized hole in one end and leave the rest of the ice. Surprisingly, that also helps insulate a bit. I haven't used tank heaters in years.

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 10:21 PM

This is SO on my list of things to do! Check this out, it is how to use solar energy to keep your tank open:

Solar Stock Tank

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 11:04 PM

This is SO on my list of things to do! Check this out, it is how to use solar energy to keep your tank open:

Solar Stock Tank


Oh my gosh, that is too funny!

I just saw one of these in my barn and I was thinking, what the HECK is THAT!

Well, question answered! lol weird.
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Posted 06 November 2011 - 06:11 PM

Great ideas thanks a bunch!! I found a de-icer I thought about getting just not sure how they actually work?!?!? I do have a plug in to use! Saw the pic of the de-icer and was a little confused :ashamed0002:

I found it for $45 is that a pretty good deal???

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 06:51 PM

Not too bad if it's a good one. Is it a floater, sinker, or mount-in-the-drainplug heater? Also, it's a real good idea to make sure horses can't get to the cord to chew on it. I like to run the cord through a length of PVC pipe to protect it.

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 09:31 PM

i met an older gentlemen not too long ago (i personally dont have to worry about water freezing- thank God!) anyway he said he built a lagre box around his water tank (with about a foot all the way around between the tank and box) and stuffed it with straw and said it worked great. its sounds like it looked kinda like the link Greenhaven posted.

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 07:48 AM

This is SO on my list of things to do! Check this out, it is how to use solar energy to keep your tank open:

Solar Stock Tank


On that site is a picture of the "typical evil stock tank heater". That's exactly the one I have. Wonder why they call it evil? :questionicon: I've had great luck with mine. It's in the 100 gallon Rubbermaid tank in the barn. The cord is protected where it goes up and into an outlet.

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 07:52 AM

On that site is a picture of the "typical evil stock tank heater". That's exactly the one I have. Wonder why they call it evil?


I would guess it is because the plans come from a website that is pretty hard-core as far as using less electricity and treading lightly on the land. The heaters do use quite a bit of electricity, and some folks don't have a power supply.

So hardcore off-grid, or average po' horse folk with no power to plug into, the tank could be a viable option.

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 08:05 AM

Well, I can agree with that, Greenhaven. I was visualizing some sort of electrocution problem or something! :twitch:

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 12:51 PM

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 07:12 PM

It's a big help to paint the tank black and keep it in the sun. Then float a rubber ball on the water, about the size of a small soccer ball. The movement of the ball on the water helps keep it from freezing. If it does ice over, just chop a horsehead sized hole in one end and leave the rest of the ice. Surprisingly, that also helps insulate a bit. I haven't used tank heaters in years.


We don't use tank heaters either, but I do use a heavy metal spud, 1" round bar stock, 4ft long, with a dull wedge shape on the hitting end, for keeping the horsehead size hole open in the tank.
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Posted 07 November 2011 - 07:52 PM

I stopped using mine for that when I punched a hole in the bottom of the tank! I now use the hatchet.

That's a pretty decent heater, and can be used as a floater or a sinker, if I remember right.

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