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Cookie can lightbulb heaters for water

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I've seen countless people use light bulbs in cookie cans under their waterer in winter time to keep from freezing. Will this same concept work for a 55 gallon drum with horizontal nipples around the bottom?
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Sorry double post
Edited by Kasilofchrisn - 4/30/16 at 1:04pm
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Sorry double post
Edited by Kasilofchrisn - 4/30/16 at 1:04pm
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The question is this: is it practical?
Consider this most people have 3 gallon waterers or smaller.
That means you'll need a bulb that puts out roughly 20 times the heat.
And you will need a heavy duty container for the bulb housing.
Not to mention removing a frozen drum of water to change a burnt bulb isn't practical. It's just too heavy.
I would use a stock tank heater rated for that size tank.
If your drum is plastic make sure the heater you buy states it is plastic safe.
Edited by Kasilofchrisn - 4/30/16 at 1:06pm
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I agree with others.

 

55 gallons of water will weigh over 450 pounds, not including the barrel...

Heat the nesting boxes to stop eggs from freezing.

Forever Water Heater one that lasts.

Unfrozen Nipple Watering for those cold days.

Removing dust the easy way.

Quick and Easy 5 Gallon Waterer.

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Heat the nesting boxes to stop eggs from freezing.

Forever Water Heater one that lasts.

Unfrozen Nipple Watering for those cold days.

Removing dust the easy way.

Quick and Easy 5 Gallon Waterer.

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