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I need a heater for my PVC waterer

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by bkvanbek, Dec 19, 2015.

  1. bkvanbek

    bkvanbek New Egg

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    I made a waterer of 4" vertical pvc with two cup auto waterers for our ducks and chickens. I want a low watt water heater I can drop in there that won't get too hot and does not have to be submerged, in case they run out of water. I may wrap the pvc in insulation. An aquarium heater would be great, but they have to always be submerged.
    What can I use?
     
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Indeed most water heaters need to be submerged. Here is a suggestion. Replace the 4 inch PVC with a plastic bucket that will hold more water. Chances are, that it wont run dry very quickly. I can make a heater that would not be affected by it running dry, but my home made version would likely not get the UL. approval.

    WISHING YOU BEST AND [​IMG]
     
  3. bkvanbek

    bkvanbek New Egg

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    I don't want to use a different waterer. What water heaters don't need to be submerged.
     
  4. birds4kids

    birds4kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bet some of the stock tank heaters would be OK but wont fit in 4"
     
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  5. Zoomie

    Zoomie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know of any heaters that can be submerged but are also OK dry, but I do have a suggestion. Is it possible to wrap heat tape around the outside of your waterer, and then sleeve it with a bigger piece of pipe to keep them from pecking the wire? The sleeve would only have to be fit where the heat tape is.

    I've seen waterers like that and really like them. I might try making one myself!
     
  6. bkvanbek

    bkvanbek New Egg

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    Still need heater for my vertical pvc waterer.
     
  7. Bentpiper

    Bentpiper Out Of The Brooder

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    if u go to the local hardwarw store they sell a heat trace that u can wrap around the pvc pipe and plug it in it will only come on when the temp drops and keep the water from freezing
     
  8. Bentpiper

    Bentpiper Out Of The Brooder

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    Check out your local hardware store and pick up a heat trace that u can wrap around the outside of the pipe plug it in and it will keep the water from freezing
     

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