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How do you keep supplies from freezing?
Any one have any great ideas on how to keep medications and liquid grooming supplies in an unheated barn?
I keep them in the house.
If it's cold enough they are going to freeze, the grooming supplies likely would not be used.
As for meds - they are supposed to be kept between certain temps to not impact their effectiveness. Probably should of been brought in when the median temp was around 50F. (depending on what the med is)
I bring mine in and keep them in the basement on shelves in the winter.
we heat our tiny room that has our water pipes and hot water heater with a space heater and I keep all that stuff in there. if that is not an option it goes in the house
Ironically enough I have a cooler. I put all my liquids in a cooler and keep it in the barn. It's so insulated that it keeps it the closer to 'room temp'. I kept soda in it all winter and it was cold but never froze :)
Around here, it can get to -40, so unless you have a heated area, it will freeze, insulated or not. I bring anything that can freeze inside.
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Just like the others have said, I bring it all inside to my basement where I have an indoor tack truck I keep it all in. As soon as it starts getting cold at night, I go through my truck at the barn and bring home all that will freeze, shampoo, fly spray, medications, even hoof oil all gets brought in.
I have a old upright freezer that quit working in the tack room I use and if it get below 0 out I put a small lamp in it turned on that's enough that nothing has ever froze up.
I also have a small chest type that I use to keep my feed in.
Like everyone else, anything that will be damaged by freezing, like medicines, get brought into the house in the winter time. Since I have no electricity in my barn, that is basically my only option.
Oh, and a little note on the dog bed warmer things. They won't heat well enough by themselves to last all night or all day and keep things from freezing. The only reason they last as long as they do in dog beds is because they are between layers of insulating material and have the dog laying on them as well. If you want to know how long they'll last trying to keep a cubby warm, then heat them up and leave them sitting on the back steps for a while.
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