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Tank Heater for Non-metal Tank
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wyo    Posted 10-16-2004 at 11:42:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
What is a good heater for a Rubbermaid water tank? I have an old Hudson and it is great but it will not fit my new tank because of the way the sides slope. Want something that lasts. Thanks in advance.

RichZ    Posted 10-16-2004 at 19:05:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If you're using the tank for horses, horses often play with floating heaters and can pull them out of the tank. They make submersible tank heaters for non-metal tanks. The heating element is in a cage. I have some that I've used for about 4 years. You can get them at Tractor Supply Company for around $30 each.

deadcarp    Posted 10-16-2004 at 15:58:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
why not solar? heck we get as much sunshine as ft lauderdale, and tghere's a big solar schoolhouse up here in n mn that hasn't used its heating system in 6 years now, so it can be done.
paint everything black, add tinfoil reflectors, a windchill barrier, practically any thing stores heat.
or a circulating pump will keep it thawed for the juice of a 70watt bulb. :)

Ron/PA    Posted 10-16-2004 at 12:03:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
I use a floater, with sealed element in one plastic barrel, and one with exposed element in others neither one hurts the plastic.

Willy-N    Posted 10-16-2004 at 11:56:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Any of the floating Tank heater should work no problem. They do not get that hot unless out of the water. Mark H.

toolman    Posted 10-16-2004 at 13:07:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
they should shut off if out of water.

Willy-N    Posted 10-16-2004 at 14:32:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
I belive they are designed to do this. I know mine only turn on below 35 degs or so. This way they save electricity. Mark H.

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