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Solar powered water heaters
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RichZ    Posted 10-23-2003 at 07:23:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Does anyone know where to get solar powered stock tank heaters, and how much they cost?

I use 100 gallon rubbermaid stock tanks.


Dee Ripple    Posted 10-10-2008 at 08:33:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Try this site.....I've read about this solar water heater and it seems to work well.

Linda    Posted 09-30-2007 at 21:40:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Did you ever find a solution that worked? I've been making a search for my horse watering tank and came across your question.

ATW/WA    Posted 10-24-2003 at 09:08:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What Deadcarp said about temps below ground would work. Bury an 18" culvert, vertically down to at least eight-foot. The top should be ground level, or slightly above if you are going to pour a concrete slab around the tank to prevent erosion. If you use a flat plate or heavy expanded mesh to cover the culvert the bottom of the tank will be protected from wear on the edge of the culvert.

I've seen this used in Montana, Wyo. and Idaho, where winters regularly get down to -20* for a couple of weeks at a time. I've been told the worst winters will result in a very thin skim of ice. Where other unprotected tanks would be solid.

I've always used an electric tank heater, but there are wind powered tank agitators that are supposed to work well.


Boyd Olney    Posted 11-13-2003 at 16:02:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
is there such a thing as a solar powered stock tank heater and where can ibuy one?

Erik    Posted 02-12-2006 at 10:57:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
is there any way a solar powered hot fence unit would work to power a tank heater?

ATW/WA    Posted 11-14-2003 at 16:47:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If you are talking "SOLAR ELECTRIC" none that I know of. Thermo-Electric Derived from solar would not be economically feasable at this time that I know of.



deadcarp    Posted 10-23-2003 at 10:00:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
first thing to do is use as much sun as you can directly - i use reversible silver/blue tarps on steel stakes to direct sunlight toward my septic system in mn, (and foiled shutters below the liv rm windows - and bank the cabin with leaf bags) but i'd make sure the tank was outa the wind and probably use a sheet of galvanized metal to reflect from if the stock could rub on it. no kidding - if that thing can throw 120 degrees thru windows in 20 below weather, it's the best free heater ya got :)

RichZ    Posted 10-23-2003 at 10:04:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Huh!! I never thought of that. But last winter it got as low as 20 degrees below zero. I wonder if that could keep 100 gallos of water from freezing at that temperature.

deadcarp    Posted 10-23-2003 at 10:11:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
on this planet we can keep anything from freezing - it's about 50 above year around, 6 feet down isn't it? :)

RichZ    Posted 10-23-2003 at 10:20:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Six feet down will work, but I dont think I want to bury my stock tank that deep. I don't think my cows will be able to climb a ladder. :-)

deadcarp    Posted 10-23-2003 at 18:24:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
yeah taller cows would be handy - course the inseminator guy would have to carry a steplader in his truck :)

toolman    Posted 10-23-2003 at 19:03:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
cows are pretty smart ,might be able to teach them to climb ladders.

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