Question: for very cold temperatures, wouldn't the horizontal nipples freeze up because they are further away from the heat source? I have vertical nipples on the bottom of a bucket...but ive been curious about the horizontal nipples as well. I just picture the vertical nipples being directly below the water and heater, so they should stay free from ice. I dunno. Anyone with experience on this? This is our first winter
The vertical nipples freeze because part of the metal is actually in the water. The horizontal nipples don't freeze because they are not in the water.
I use a 5 gallon bucket with horizontal nipples. Link to making one is at the bottom of my post. To keep it from freezing, I made a cookie tin heater. Now, we don't get as cold here in East Texas as some of you, but I know of people who use the cookie tin that live up North and have no problem with it. They just use a larger watt bulb.
I thought I had a pic of it in use, but apparently not. Here's the link to making one: Cookie Tin Heater . I plug it into a thermo cube I bought off of Amazon. It turns on at 35 degrees and off at 45. It worked great last year down into the teens.
Edited by henless - 12/9/15 at 7:46pm