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post #11 of 16 Old 12-11-2008, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone know anything about the heaters used on the automatic waterers? What is the watt rating of them. This will help me determine how expensive they are to operate per month.

If I use the current 1500 watt heater and it runs continuously, it could cost me approximately $88 per month. A 200 watt heater would only cost about $12.

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post #12 of 16 Old 12-13-2008, 09:22 PM
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My ritchies came with 250 watt heaters but I changed them to 500 watt ones this winter. The 250 did the job but when it got down to -20 the water would freeze over in the bowl. Never solid to the bottom where it would break anything or freeze the lines but some times I would have to break ice with a hammer when it was -20 or colder. The 500 watt ones never allow any ice at all.
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post #13 of 16 Old 12-14-2008, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
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Hey County - thanks or the info.

Do you have your waterers out in the open - I would think that would make a difference. And how many horses drink from it. With my 4 horses, I might need the 500 watt heater until I have more animals using it.

Too bad they get $400 for the wateres - otherwise I would have a few already.

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post #14 of 16 Old 12-14-2008, 12:00 PM
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if i remember correctly...some one posted last winter about using old ice chest (deep freezers), cutting a part of the top off and filling it with water, because of the isolation (sp) the water want freeze....i think...

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post #15 of 16 Old 12-14-2008, 12:15 PM
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I use the automatic waterers, LOVE them wouldn't use anything else... I am not sure of the watts? My old tank had a therestat that you could turn up in real cold weather, but the tank I have now has a internal thermestat that you can't change.
Forgot to add that it got down to -30 yesterday and no ice, we only get ice build up if there is a wind chill of -30 - -40 degree Celcius.
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post #16 of 16 Old 12-14-2008, 04:28 PM
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All 4 of my wateres are in the open on a fence line. They have from 1 to 20 head drinking out of them. The fewest have 1 on one side and 3 on the other side.
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