The Best Water Heaters?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by zaraif, Oct 27, 2013.

  1. zaraif

    zaraif Out Of The Brooder

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    So I need to buy a new water heater and I was wondering what the best ones are. I've looked at submerged heaters or floating ones and I don't think those will work for my waterer. Do the Cookie Tins actually work? Does the light bulb get too hot for the bedding? Any other advice if appreciated thanks!
     
  2. Bear Foot Farm

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    Quote: It shouldn't be IN the bedding.
    It should be totally enclosed in a fireproof container, and should sit above the bedding.

    The waterer will absorb most of the heat
     
  3. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use this model. Allied Precision Aluminum Bird Bath Deicer, 250 Watts

    It goes into the water supply, operates thermostatically, metal construction. It is available many places. It is bullet-proof. I toss it in the supply bucket once the temperature drops and take it out in the spring.

    Chris
     
  4. jimmywalt

    jimmywalt Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. Bear Foot Farm

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    Quote: They only work in open top systems, and can't easily be used with most "fountain" type waterers that need to be airtight
     
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  7. jimmywalt

    jimmywalt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Uhhhh?????

    My bucket has a top and I just notched out a little hole in the edge of the bucket for the 2 electrical cords.

    Why does the bucket have to be "open top" and why does the fountain have to be airtight?

    I had it running for about 24 hours in my garage just to see if it worked and heated the cold water............. and it worked fine.

    Both the heater and fountain sit on the bottom of the bucket of water (inside).
     
  8. Bear Foot Farm

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    Quote: Because your nipple system requires air entering the top to allow the free flow of water, and "fountain" types work off a vacuum that PREVENTS free flow

    Any waterer you fill and then INVERT works off a vacuum that keeps it from overflowing

    (It's more Physics [​IMG] )

    Your "fountain" PUMP makes no difference in this context
     
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  9. jimmywalt

    jimmywalt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So with my notched out corner hole for the wires....... making the container NOT air tight, do you believe my system isn't going to work???

    The "fountain" can be found at this link. All it's doing is circulating the water. It's submersed, so it's just sucking water in and throwing water out.
    http://www.harborfreight.com/mercha...iniature-submersible-fountain-pump-68389.html
     
  10. Bear Foot Farm

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    Quote: Your system is NOT a "fountain" type waterer
    THIS is a "fountain" waterer:
    [​IMG]

    Your PUMP has nothing at all to do with it
    Forget about the pump altogether
     

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