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Ice in horse tank
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Lazy Al    Posted 02-09-2004 at 08:10:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
I havn't had to good of luck keeping the ice out of my horse tank with two 100 watt light bulbs . So I seen this eighty foot heat tape that you put on the eves hanging in the garage and I thought that might work .
Wraped it around the tank in a sprial and tied it so it wouldn't slip down and plugged it in a timer that is set for one hour on and five off so far it has done a fairly good job even with temps down around o f .
It's a 400 watt one so I'm saving money and getting a better job done .
Maybe next year I will spray foam around the tank and cover it with some coil stock and it might even work better .
I have one of those floating ones that is 1000 watt but didn't like it and this seems to work ,if it starts to freeze I will just add some more time to the on settings

Horseowner    Posted 02-09-2004 at 12:33:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
I went through a bunch of those floating heaters, the horses kept playing with them and flipping them out. Then an old rancher friend of mine gave me an old Hudson tank heater that did not work, so I rewired it and presto, it has been working for 15 years!! It is the kind that clamps to the side of the tank and is submerged, very heavy duty and old school simple technology. Very hard to find, my ferrier tried to buy it from me several times!!

Willy-N Buy Here    Posted 02-09-2004 at 17:24:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
You can buy them here on line. Mark H.

toolman    Posted 02-09-2004 at 22:54:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
thats what i have always used , only usin one now and have an automatic waterer in the main paddock.they work well only heat about a basin of water at a time and fresh water everytime they drink.cheaper to heat too.

MrsHarrison    Posted 02-09-2004 at 09:56:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
I haven't used anything in my stock tank. My husband takes the ice out. My horses also break the ice. No problems.

Mark in MO    Posted 02-09-2004 at 10:35:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Which part of the counrty are you in? Here in NW MO, when the temp will stay below freezing for days or even weeks at a time, the ice gets too thick for horses or cattle to break. If you live where freezing is not a big problem you can, dig a hole a little larger than the tank, about 5 or 6 feet deep. Then cut some 3 or 4" plastic pipe, (ABS or PVC will work) that will fit between the bottom of the hole to ground level,(when standing vertical). Fill the hole with sand,(do not fill the pipes). Place your tank on top of this and the warmer ground temperature will keep the tank from freezing as easy.

Mark Hill

sheila / OH    Posted 02-09-2004 at 09:26:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What I used was a water heater from a tractor supply worked pretty well wired it to a thin brick to keep it on the bottom of the tank. What I did not like about it was that the cord hung on the outside of the tank! One horse loved to play with anything she could. Scarry to think she may bite into it. When I went this year to replace it I found one that all you do is unscrew the drain plug from the side on the bottom and put in the heater tighten it up tight and plug it in. the cord is not up and over the tank and since I have my tank close to the barn drilled a hole in the side of the barn put in a plug right there and pluged it in have not had any frozen water all winter. We still have plenty of snow and ICE on the groung here in OH. GOOD LUCK

Ron/PA    Posted 02-09-2004 at 08:39:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dunno about horses, but that kind of heat tape has killed more steers than lightning. Doesn't take much amperage to put down a bovine. They tend to get bored and chomp on that puppy and poof, ya lost one.
I prefer the tank heaters as they are usually stock proof.

Mark in MO    Posted 02-09-2004 at 08:52:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I use the 1500 watt "floaters" for my horses and cattle. The only thing about these for horses is that they love to play with them and will sometimes toss them out of the tank. I assume that those that lay on the bottom of the tank would fix this problem. Be very careful about how and what you use as a heater. Don't lose a horse or a cow because you want to save a few pennies. If you can hook these to a GFI outlet or breaker is best. If nothing else, ground the tank. Hopes this helps.
Mark Hll

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