Some of you might remember I’ve had a hard time with with keeping my cattle tank thawed whenever the temperature gets about one degree below the freezing point despite trying heater after heater. It still froze over after the latest new heater was put in. My brother-in-law told my nephew, who relayed the information to me, that I’d never be able to keep it from freezing over. The heaters do a good job of keeping the water thawed so the inner workings don’t freeze and get damaged, but not to keep it open. My thought is that is crap.
I finally called the company that made the tank, which is surprisingly only about an hour from my farm. The man I spoke to didn’t seem surprised to hear my dilemma and was very happy to share that they have a good deal with the company that makes the heaters to provide a higher quality product to them. I was only too happy to have him ship me a heater like the one that was originally in it and kept it from having a single shard of ice on the top when we actually had a cold winter.
It looks fairly similar to the one I had purchased (and is from the same company), but this one doesn’t have a plain stainless steel heating element. There’s something covering and protecting that heat surface. Hopefully it will stand up to the goose sludge a little better, and I’ll make sure to remove it for storage once it isn’t needed any more.
While I was working on the tank and we had sixty degree temperatures, I decided I ought to completely clean the tank out and its concrete slab too. That goose sludge is hard on a heater, and I guess that’s why they tend to get hot spots and quit working.
Of course my usual little helper boy was there. He might have gotten a bit too close and ended up with goose sludge on his feet.
Of course our temperatures have been warm and I might have got a bit of water on the inside of the tank when I was cleaning it, so I didn’t turn on the electricity. I figured I had until this weekend to turn it on according to the weather forecast. For now, the llama is giving it his approval. He likes the clean water.
It was only twenty degrees when I got up this morning, so I put on my coat and turned on the electricity. I took my hammer and went to bust the ice, but it was open. That’s because it was overflowing. It was just a little, but enough to keep it from freezing. Tonight, I get to play in the tank again and clean the bit of rust out of the seal. Anyhow, that’s what usually causes it to overflow.
Linking to Alphabe-Thursday and Thursday’s Favorite Things.