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Safe Heater Base for Polyethylene Water Founts?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Yardegg, Aug 20, 2008.

  1. Yardegg

    Yardegg Out Of The Brooder

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    Friends,

    I'm tired of replacing galvanized water founts every year. They rust through on the bottom seams and will no longer hold a vacuum. I want to order a polyethylene fount, but McMurray says not to use their heater base under them. I'd sure love to find a heater base that will work. Any advice will be appreciated.

    Yours truly,

    Yardegg
     
  2. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
  3. Yardegg

    Yardegg Out Of The Brooder

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    keljonma ,

    Thanks for the reference. I actually saw one of those in a local farm supply store, and was not at all impressed. First, it fills from the bottom and you have to remove the red base. Then the top is conical in shape to keep birds from perching on top of it, but it won't sit upside down while you fill it. I suppose it takes two people to empty and refill one, and that is poor engineering in my opinion.

    Thanks for taking the time to respond nevertheless. I appreciate it.

    Yardegg
     
  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

  5. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    I've got one of those heated waterers - used it last winter and had no problems with it whatsoever. It's sturdy, does an excellent job heating, and is easy to fill. You turn the white part upside down, fill it up & screw the base on, and simply flip it back over. It does not take more than 1 person to use it.
     

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