water heater block - ok inside coop?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by tygab, Nov 11, 2008.

  1. tygab

    tygab Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This may be a dumb question but we have a metal water fount. We got one of the heater base things that you put the metal fount on. My husband has run the cord into the coop, but could the shavings catch fire? Should we put it outside (seems inefficient)?
    Or just raise it off the ground more? I'm pretty sure no matter what we do there will be shavings all over.

    I don't want to burn my coop down, but the nights are returning to freezing this week, so we have to figure out the right placement.
     
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  2. bantamman13

    bantamman13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The few times I have had to use one I set mine on top of a couple of cinder blocks to keep mine clear.
     
  3. hinky toes

    hinky toes Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a base heater for the waterer in the coop and I'm not concerned. I can put my hand on it while it's on, so I think it wouldn't reach the heat of combustion to start chip/straw on fire.
     
  4. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    I agree, you have to set it up carefully. Mine is on a patio block over 3 cinder blocks. Also pay attention to the cord and find a way to protect it or feed it out where the birds can't get it.

    This is one of our summer waterers, and it's sitting on the patio block now. In a few days we'll drill through a vertical beam on that wall, feed the electric cord of the heater base through and plug it in outside the wall in our barn aisleway. We're using a 3 gal galvamized double-walled waterer and a Farm Innovators galvanized base. [​IMG]

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    I'll post a pic when it's set up.
     
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  5. tygab

    tygab Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, I'd appreciate that Lynne (if you don't mind, drop me a PM so I see it).

    anyway, it's been warm enough this week we haven't had to run it, and the waterer is back outside for now. I plan to fully scope it out this weekend, and I think we may just use the platform my husband built for the brooder. That plus the heating block's height *should* be enough to keep most chips off it.

    We have already secured the cord through the side of the run and coop, so I'm not too worried there.
     

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