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Frost free water

 
Ove Halseth
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Any suggestions on how to provide pigs and cattle frost free water during winter?

How do Sepp do it? I thing our climate are quite similar to that of Sepps winter.

For now we are using electrical heating to keep the water free from ice, but there must be a better way.

Is it possible to provide open water in something similar to sepp holzer animal shelters?

Or what if you got frost free water with a drop, so that you got running water all the time...

Any ideas?

Best regards
Ove B-)
 
Ben Plummer
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Location: Midcoast Maine, Zone 5b
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Hi Ove, I'm not sure what Sepp does but here's a post with a few different ideas: http://www.permies.com/forums/posts/list/19586#164583. There are other folks in that thread who put pocket rocket stoves in the tank.
 
Walter Jeffries
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Location: Mountains of Vermont, USDA Zone 3
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We live in the mountains of northern central Vermont - e.g., cold in the winter and steep slopes. Our water sources are springs up the mountain from us. We run the springs through black plastic 1" and 2" pipe to a series of waterers. Some of the pipe is buried - that's ideal - but some of it is simply sitting on the surface and it gets covered by the snow and thus protected from the -20°F and colder air temps. The big trick is to keep the water moving. We have continuous flow. These two articles cover this a bit:

http://sugarmtnfarm.com/2012/12/27/winter-whey-water/

http://sugarmtnfarm.com/2012/06/17/all-the-whey-in-the-world/

Cheers,

-Walter
 
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