• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.

Announcement

Collapse

Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Wood Burning Stock Tank Heaters

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Wood Burning Stock Tank Heaters

    During the 60's we had one..it had a cylinder on four stout legs and it had two pipes coming up..one for air and one for exhaust but I do not remember how we got the wood into it

    Does anyone have one, use one or know where one can be purchased.

    I did like the fact that it could freeze solid..and then we could somehow load it up with small cuts of trees or wood..and within a few hours the water was a comfortable temperature for the horses.

    Any help or suggestions is greatly appreaciated..especially if someone knows where I can order one from. Sadly..I have no welding (nor plumbing, carpentry or electrical) skills.

    I am a living rerun of Green Acres...
    The Elephant in the room

  • #2
    I've never heard of such a thing and had to go hunting out of curiosity... here is a thread elsewhere with photos: http://ranchers.net/forum/about56193-0.html

    Apparently you just take the lid off and load it from the top, occasionally using the hook to lift out the grate and ash pan.

    And if you want to build your own similar thing... http://www.backwoodshome.com/article...kinson138.html
    --
    Wendy
    ... and Patrick

    Comment


    • #3
      This current thread has some discussion of wood and, I believe, propane stock tank heaters: http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/sh...ut-electricity

      Comment


      • #4
        Within the last week, someone advertising on the craigslist
        for Eau Claire, Wisconsin offered two antique wood fire stock tank heaters for sale. The listing included pictures which might help you out. These were cast iron and, from the looks of the rust, pretty old.
        Robin from Dancing Horse Hill
        Elmwood, Wisconsin

        Comment


        • #5
          We used a plain metal 55 gallon drum, top cut open, filled maybe 12" with large rocks for ballast, filled it about somewhat less than 1/3 with diesel and set it on fire.
          A drum would last two or three years, then rust thru.

          Do not do that in a plastic tank, only metal ones, or you will melt the plastic bottom.
          We didn't have plastic tanks in those days, just metal or concrete ones.
          I don't know how that would work with today's diesel, that is not pure, but has so many additives.

          Comment


          • #6
            A friend of mine rigged up some sort of solar powered trough heater this winter. I'd like to see it in action, will it heat up a full trough during our deep freeze is what I want to know.
            The electricity to run my two electric heaters is sucking my budget dry, with Ontario having the highest hydro costs in North America, any alternative to electric heat is more than welcomed.
            "Anti-intellect and marketing, pretty, pretty, who needs talent
            Crying eyes, we're so outnumbered, fight for the right to remain silent" Buck 65

            Comment


            • #7
              Up-at-5, a simple way to save a little money on your extreme cost of heating the stock tanks is this: go to a camping supply store and buy one of the pads they sell to put under sleeping bags for backpackers. These are foam and not very thick. Cut the foam to fit the shape of your stock tank. Float the foam on the surface of the water. We put our water surface covers in each night and remove them in the morning as we have around 30 horses who need access to the tank. If you only have a few, you could leave the cover on all the time and just cut a muzzle sized hole in the surface to let horses drink. We find the cover saves us around $10 per month on electricity. The pads only cost about $10 so payback is really fast and they are easy to cut with a utility knife.
              Robin from Dancing Horse Hill
              Elmwood, Wisconsin

              Comment


              • #8
                I might have to try that one-we have those foam pads all over the place and I have the freezing stock tanks to experiment with.
                “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” Stephen R. Covey

                Comment


                • #9
                  How do you keep the horses from pulling those out of the tanks?

                  We have tractor innertubes we do that with, but have to tie them to the fence, or cattle or horses flip them out of the tanks.

                  I wonder if you could put those mats down AND the innertubes over them, tied to the fence and so all would stay in place and keep the water from freezing so bad?

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    We're in our second week of single digits at night and 20's during the day; I can just picture all kinds of stuff frozen immobile in our water tanks! But what the heck... the cows especially are not happy without water all the time.
                    “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” Stephen R. Covey

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Cowboymom, the water surface insulating foam is used with a stock tank heater, not alone. It saves some of the expense by letting the heater run less often.

                      None of our horses have ever pulled the foam out of the tank. Might be they can't get hold of it or might be that they just don't find that interesting. The foam is floating on the water surface which is several inches below the top of the tank; maybe that makes the difference.
                      Robin from Dancing Horse Hill
                      Elmwood, Wisconsin

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Don't know about wood fired

                        But when I was younger we had one or 2 that burned kerosene in a space inside the tank. kind of dripped kero in from a top tank and had a small fire inside..
                        " iCOTH " window/bumper stickers. Wood Routed Stall and Farm Signs
                        http://www.bluemooncustomsigns.com

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          This might be overkill

                          http://snorkel.com/hot-tub-info/snor...uba-stoves.php
                          www.juniperridgeranch.us
                          Visit us on Facebook!

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Some one is selling it on Ebay for $100.00. It is a top you can put on your own 55gal drum.
                            Can't make link work, but search Ebay for , Stock Tank Heater Wood Burning, it is the first one. You can make it easy.

                            Comment

                            Working...
                            X