My yard hydrant for the goat barn froze several days ago . . . I use a short hose that reaches the water bucket, and did not make sure it was drained and of course, temps went below zero and you know the rest. The handle was down. I used a propane torch to get a plug of ice from the hydrant's opening, and of course removed the hose. It's a typical hydrant, water line about three feet below ground level, not near the well or septic field. Clayton-Mark brand. Gravel bed drainage. Honestly, not a lot of water gets sloshed on to the ground around the hydrant. Daytime temps might go to 20F, so no hope of waiting for it to thaw anytime in the near future. It is located in a low spot where water will run and collect when it rains or thaws. I put the propane heater on the pipe near the ground and got it real hot, but since the ground is frozen (and will be for a couple more months), I think the heat just won't reach. I read about taking the head off and pouring hot water into the open pipe, but I'm not strong enough to screw the thing off. Any ideas? I can certainly get some help, but since I *did* this myself, I'd like to *undo* it myself in case I have a future brain fart and do it again. Thanks in advance .