Friday, January 4, 2013

More Work, but Inside

With the growth of my wife’s training business, we’ve ended up with more horses. As you might expect, they don’t all get along. We ended up separating them in different pastures, which brought about another problem.

Water.

We had one of the buckets freeze during the cold CO winter, and when we dumped it, we had quite the blog of ice.

Photo Jan 01, 11 55 21 AM (1)

Fortunately my wife had started me on a solar water heater. I used a plan from Gary at Build It Solar. Here’s what I ended up with.

Photo Jan 02, 1 48 31 PM

We filled it one morning, had a 25F day, and overnight the temp dropped to around 4-5F. The next morning there was a thin layer of ice, but not much more than was in the tank with the 250W heater.

A success, which is good, but just sends me on to the next project.

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