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Solar Stock Tanks (Livestock Waterers) Options
Troy Griepentrog_1
#1 Posted : Wednesday, September 15, 2010 8:26:51 PM
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In the October/November 2010 issue, Mother Earth News featured an easy-to-build solar stock tank. It’s built around a standard galvanized metal stock tank, which is surrounded by a well-insulated enclosure. The south wall of the enclosure is a double-glazed solar collector. While this design is simple, it’s also efficient. This forum is a place for you to ask questions, propose improvements and share ideas for other designs.
AFriendInPA
#2 Posted : Thursday, September 30, 2010 3:17:28 PM
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I have a large Rubbermaid Stock Tank that is black in color. Was wondering if that would work just as efficiently as the metal stock tank. If so, this would save me money as I would not have to purchase the stock tank. To prevent ice on really cold days, I was wondering if some type of simple pump to circulate the water would help. I know battery operated pumps are available, so this project could still be kept "green" without using any electricity. Just some thoughts / ideas. Would welcome comments on these issues. THANKS!
The Flying T
#3 Posted : Tuesday, September 13, 2011 4:38:47 PM
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Old post, but as I prepare for winter, it caught my eye.  The example waterer is centered about a galvanized trough, but I'd think a HD black plastic one would work pretty well also. 

I may mod this design a bit - currently the runout and pasture troughs we have are those HD plastic ones.  The runout is on a wooden platform shared between the two runouts on the south side of the barn.  A second access port would increase the temperature loss, but I think I might be able to capitalize on capturing reflected energy off the barn wall to compensate.

Not having to run an extension cord out to the pasture would be welcome also.

We've also got the option of running hot water from our gas-fired instant hotwater heater in the house to the FF hydrants, which helps.

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