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Insta-Hot vs. Hott Wash ?

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  • Insta-Hot vs. Hott Wash ?

    I'd love to hear from those who have experience with either/both of these products---am trying to weigh the two, as for now, the 'hot water heater' hot water is not in the cards.

    If I went with the 8 gallon hot wash (I've noticed most people report that the 4 gallon just isn't worth it), it looks to be around $350 and of course, would need electricity.

    If I went with the insta hot, it looks to be around $160, and would not require electricity.

    Pros? Cons? comparisons?

    TIA!
    ayrabz
    "Indecision may or may not be my problem"
    --Jimmy Buffett

  • #2
    I am at a barn with no hot water. I could not live without the Hott Wash. It is the only way I can bath my bath & cold water hater. We have had it for 2 years now and had no problems with it. After each use we drain it and bring it back in the barn so it doesn't get rained on. We keep it in a cart as its heavy.

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      #3
      thanks, islgirl!
      I appreciate the input! I'm hoping someone? might have insight to both? So I'm bumping to know those thoughts as far as preference....right now, no electricity to barn but that WILL happen. Just thought it would be good to know if folks liked the hott wash or the insta hot better?
      ayrabz
      "Indecision may or may not be my problem"
      --Jimmy Buffett

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      • #4
        Hott wash is a SORE disappointment if you have ever washed with a real water heater. You have to ratio water as it takes to long to heat up. Sold it after a few months of disappointments.
        Experience is what you get, when you didn't get what you wanted.

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          #5
          blaster: thanks for sharing...can I ask if you had the 4 gallon or the 8 ? Because I had heard to bypass the 4....
          Anyway, its one of the reasons I also want to hear from anyone who's used the Insta hot....to know if they find it 'as good as the ads'.....
          ayrabz
          "Indecision may or may not be my problem"
          --Jimmy Buffett

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          • #6
            I thought there were three sizes--the two smaller sizes (4 gal and 6 gal?) had a normal 3 prong 110V plug. The largest size I thought had something odd about the plug (220V or maybe direct wired?).

            Anyhow, I had the mid-size.
            Experience is what you get, when you didn't get what you wanted.

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            • #7
              Hey, where's the info on Insta-Hot? Sounds exactly like what I need ...
              "For God hates utterly
              The bray of bragging tongues."
              Sophocles, Antigone Spoken by the Leader of the Chorus of Theban Elders

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              • #8
                I have a smaller, older Hott Wash and it suits me fine. BUT: I only use it for hosing off one sweaty horse at a time in the summer and for sponge baths of major dirt areas in the winter.

                I agree that it is not as 'nice' as a full-sized water heater, but since I have no plans to re-build my barn to make a heated / insulated space for a large water heater, this fills the gap for me. I also do not have a water set-up that can take an Insta-Hot system. So, Hott Wash it is and it serves the purpose I need it to serve.

                *Star*
                "Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit."
                - Desiderata, (c) Max Ehrman, 1926

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                  #9
                  Shortenstar: thanks! I'm curious as to the gallon capacity of your hott wash as well? And may I ask, what you meant by 'not having a water set up that can take the Insta hot?
                  I ask because I wasn't aware that product needed anything but a water source? (just as the hott wash does, but the hott wash needs electricity too)

                  and Oldenburg mom: here's one link (hope it works)
                  http://www.midstatesranchhorses.com/...terheater.html
                  but you can also go to sstack.com (Schneiders) and search it there...
                  still (!!) dying to hear from anyone who's used one~!
                  ayrabz
                  "Indecision may or may not be my problem"
                  --Jimmy Buffett

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                  • #10
                    I have the 4 gal model of the Hott Wash ... way back when I bought it, that was the only size they had. Should this one die, I will replace it with the larger version.

                    And my barn water system is two frost-free hydrants, one inside the barn and the other outside to service the water tank. The way they are made there is no way to connect in an Insta-Hot unit without additional plumbing and wiring ... and once it is in place, it would require insulation and heating to prevent freezing in the winter. I also do not have an easy way to drain anything that is permanently connected; when it is too cold for the Hott Wash, I just disconnect the hose and move it back to the house.

                    *Star*
                    "Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit."
                    - Desiderata, (c) Max Ehrman, 1926

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                    • #11
                      Edit - never mind -- I see you are considering the propane model.

                      *Star*
                      "Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit."
                      - Desiderata, (c) Max Ehrman, 1926

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                        #12
                        yeah, I thought the propane would be the answer IF it works well, and had good feedback! I know its 'relatively' new, but not THAT new! I was SO hoping someone(!) here had tried one. Maybe I should post over on the more popular Off Course, or maybe the trail riding/endurance?
                        (but I don't want to get slammed for double posting)
                        ayrabz
                        "Indecision may or may not be my problem"
                        --Jimmy Buffett

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ayrabz View Post
                          yeah, I thought the propane would be the answer IF it works well, and had good feedback! I know its 'relatively' new, but not THAT new! I was SO hoping someone(!) here had tried one....
                          You might try changing the title of this thread to specifically ask about the propane Insta-Hot. Until I saw your link, I did not know they came in a set-up that worked with a smaller propane tank. I had only seen the ones that are designed to fit under a household sink and be powered by a house propane system.

                          Personally, the thought of propane in the barn freaks me out ... I have a major fear of barn fires and tend to over-achieve when it comes to barn safety -- all my wiring is in conduits and all the outlets are GFIs.

                          *star*
                          "Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit."
                          - Desiderata, (c) Max Ehrman, 1926

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                            #14
                            Interesting, SS...as the only ones I've found marketed for equine use, are the propane ones....I've not seen/heard of the type you are familiar with.

                            My 'washrack' area is an outdoor area. I too, would not feel comfortable with the propane stored/kept inside the barn.

                            I just wish we could hear from someone who has one of these!
                            ayrabz
                            "Indecision may or may not be my problem"
                            --Jimmy Buffett

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                            • #15
                              Okay, I've been doing a bit of research on the HottWash and found out a few things..

                              1. It's a re-branded product. There are several other companies who sell the exact same (sans HottWash logo) heaters for significantly less and in additional smaller sizes. If you buy the HottWash after reading this, the COTH Over-sized Rubber Chicken of Shame and Regret will be used on you.

                              2. The 8-gallon model requires a bit of specific electrical wiring.

                              3. You can get a 6-gallon model that plugs in anywhere with no additional wiring. Home Depot sells it for $200.
                              Thus do we growl that our big toes have, at this moment, been thrown up from below!

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by ayrabz View Post
                                Interesting, SS...as the only ones I've found marketed for equine use, are the propane ones....I've not seen/heard of the type you are familiar with.

                                My 'washrack' area is an outdoor area. I too, would not feel comfortable with the propane stored/kept inside the barn.

                                I just wish we could hear from someone who has one of these!
                                Yea, the Insta Wash sounded really cool until I realized it wasn't the D batteries that heated the water it was propane

                                I would defiantly blow up my barn if I had a propane tank laying around.
                                http://www.clarkdesigngrouparchitects.com/index.html - Lets build your dream barn

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                                  #17
                                  Thanks for the heads up, Lex....if I end up going the Hott Wash route, I'll definitely look into what Home Depot has first.....
                                  Now in re: the Insta Hot -----Meredith, I think if anyone intended to use this set up for a 'permanent' at the barn use, vs. travel/camp use, then, yeah, you're right it would take a unique 'set up' for it to be safe/suitable.

                                  However (!) I'm thinking my set up would be just about perfect for it:

                                  http://i594.photobucket.com/albums/t...9/00000018.jpg

                                  http://i594.photobucket.com/albums/t...9/00000017.jpg

                                  http://i594.photobucket.com/albums/t...00000025-1.jpg

                                  http://i594.photobucket.com/albums/t...00000024-1.jpg


                                  you can see, its an 'outdoor' wash rack, with no roof...so if I got one of the insta-hot, I think I'd just attach it to that exterior wall, and perhaps frame the area out, so the tank could always just drop down in/lift out for stability/ refilling, and maybe add a small overhead 'awning' type cover, so the unit isn't in direct rain, etc.

                                  But, again...my biggest interest is to get any feedback (!!) from someone who's purchased and used the Insta Hot, before investing in one. SIGH.

                                  thanks guys!
                                  ayrabz
                                  "Indecision may or may not be my problem"
                                  --Jimmy Buffett

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                                  • #18
                                    Did you ever buy that propane Insta Hot? I would like to hear from anyone who has experience using it. - Paula L-D

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                                    • #19
                                      works for me

                                      The Hott Wash does indeed come in an 8 gal plug in version. No special wiring required.
                                      I keep mine in the garage and use it for baths and to soak beet pulp. I don't keep feed in the barn so I set up the feed buckets in my golf cart and add hot water. You do have to plan ahead because it takes some time to heat up but that becomes a habit.

                                      Horses are bathed on the concrete driveway
                                      I wasn't always a Smurf
                                      Penmerryl Sophie RIDSH
                                      "I ain't as good as I once was but I'm as good once as I ever was"
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                                        #20
                                        hey, Paula..no, I've not purchased one yet, but we might be hearing from some others!

                                        Carol---thanks (!) I know some who do like the Hott Wash---but I'm leaning more toward the insta hot, because of it being propane, not electrical (no electricity at the barn 'yet') and because it doesn't have the 'resevoir' heat up/storage action, and, because it can go places 'with you' if need be.

                                        ayrabz
                                        "Indecision may or may not be my problem"
                                        --Jimmy Buffett

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