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    12-28-2012, 12:47 AM
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No electricity near barn and need to keep water from freezing?

I have no electricity and my horses' water freezes in winter faster than I can keep it thawed. I dump two large buckets of warm water in it morning and night and it still freezes through to about 3 inches deep.

I have tried moving it indoors and it does help a little but we have an all concrete barn and the cold goes right through it. Electricity is not an option and we only put the kerosene heater in the barn when temps drop really low.

I desperately need help on what to do. Are there any special (non expensive) buckets I can buy/make? (I am all about cheap DIY). Anything I can put into the water? ANYTHING!! I am willing to try to make it work.
     
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    12-28-2012, 12:50 AM
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Yearling
You could run extension cords out there. Sorry, that's the only solution I can think of.
     
    12-28-2012, 12:52 AM
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Trained
Build a Solar Stock Tank

Or you can just build a wood box and insulate it and put a cover on the troughs to keep things thawed.
     
    12-28-2012, 01:05 AM
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Green Broke
I am glad you are trying to work this out.
Water helps not only with hydration but also keeps the horses warm in the winter.
I have used an extension cord, you are not supposed to but I had to run it about 35 feet. I always picked it up when the horses went in and out of the barn, I did not want them to step on it.
Make sure the cord is a good heavy-duty cord and plug into a GFI outlet.


Even with an insulated bucket or trough the water will freeze just not as fast.
     
    12-28-2012, 01:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Taffy Clayton    
I am glad you are trying to work this out.
Water helps not only with hydration but also keeps the horses warm in the winter.
I have used an extension cord, you are not supposed to but I had to run it about 35 feet. I always picked it up when the horses went in and out of the barn, I did not want them to step on it.
Make sure the cord is a good heavy-duty cord and plug into a GFI outlet.


Even with an insulated bucket or trough the water will freeze just not as fast.
I have a way to run several extension cords out to the barn. It wont be dangerous for the horses because they can't get to it, but it really worries me. Can I leave extension cords (usually takes 3) out all winter? Could it electrocute? Water from the snow will be all over the cords. I am not sure how to do this. Tips?
     
    12-28-2012, 01:18 AM
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First, how bigs your water tank? There's a few DIY options. All will require drilling the tank and some craftsmanship. One is a solar heater, black hose in a glass covered box (thermo siphon), another is propane burner with a coil, solar airerator, wind powered water pump, wood burner heat exchanger, the list goes on............... Wheres your water trough? Simply putting it exposed to the southern sun and a flat black paint job will help. Just a few ideas, I know they are vague but it be a book if I typed it here.
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    12-28-2012, 01:21 AM
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I keep one outside, and one inside the barn. They are both plastic/rubber? I don't know which one. The DIY needs to be CHEAP like under $150
     
    12-28-2012, 01:25 AM
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Everything I listed can be built from mostly scraps and be well under $50
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    12-28-2012, 01:28 AM
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Everything I listed can be built from mostly scraps and be well under $50
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Could you pick the best one in your opinion and give me details on how to build? Or a website that could help.
     
    12-28-2012, 01:39 AM
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It all depends on your situation. Solar is easiest, if you have adequate sun. At or near the water tanks. Do you have heat in the barn? Are you on top of a hill or is the water high on the property? With little wind break, or even have steady winds? How handy are you? All these things come into play. I personally prefer passive energy that doesn't require moving parts. So I'd say solar thermo siphon. Cheap, easy, and very effective. But thermo siphon can also be done off a heater or even a manure pile. Just depends what you have access too.
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