Cookie can lightbulb heaters for water

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by cfritz21, Apr 30, 2016.

  1. cfritz21

    cfritz21 New Egg

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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?
     
  2. Kasilofchrisn

    Kasilofchrisn Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry double post
     
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  3. Kasilofchrisn

    Kasilofchrisn Out Of The Brooder

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  4. Kasilofchrisn

    Kasilofchrisn Out Of The Brooder

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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.
     
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  5. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    I agree with others.

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

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