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Old 12/18/13, 09:32 PM
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Frozen waterer!

I have a concrete "freezeproof" livestock waterer built into the dam of my pond. This is the first winter that I have had a problem with it freezing up.

Today in the 65 degree temp some of the ice did melt, however, not enough melted and there is a lot of ice preventing water from flowing into the waterer.

I need some tried and true suggestions how I can thaw the frozen water to free-up the float that is stuck in the bottom. The pond is too far from the barn, so electricity is of no use.

Tomorrow will be the last warm day for a long time....I have got to get the water flowing for my cattle. I need your suggestions, please!
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Old 12/18/13, 09:49 PM
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I have no idea what kind of waterer you have or exactly where it is frozen. Would salt poured into the waterer melt the ice or is it froze up somewhere else?
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Old 12/19/13, 08:25 AM
 
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Blow torch or heat gun.
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chop it out in chunks with an axe cold wet work
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Old 12/19/13, 05:02 PM
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Station cans of hot water, or a couple of five gallon pails of hot water. Get a cup and pour slowly over the frozen parts. Repeat, repeat.
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Old 12/19/13, 11:56 PM
 
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Funny thing. I just seen my neighbor our wit a blow torch thawing his cement water trough.
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Old 12/22/13, 11:02 AM
 
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At the time of installation of the waterer did you install a vertical "ground tube" to conduct earth heat to the bottom of the concrete tank?
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Agman is right about the ground tube. But it seems to be to late for that this year. Take your tractor and push some manured hay all around it that should keep it warmer and the manure might produce some free heat also.
Steve
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