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FordGT90Concept Feb 19, 2008, 06:53pm EST Report Abuse
For the past many years, I've had something like this (except 5 gallon and dif color):
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0009YF3GI?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&tag...nkCode=asn

It works great except for one short coming, it freezes in the winter. I've got a heatlamp on it but it doesn't do a very good job and the lamp is slowly eating away at the plastic. I've searched high and low to find one and all I came up with is this:
http://www.lapdogproducts.com/

It's nice and all but there really is no room for a bucket and there is no way I'm running a water pipe all the way out there.


Any ideas?


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john albrich Feb 19, 2008, 09:11pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Heated, Dog Watering System
It'll depend on just how cold it gets, and how exposed the dish is to the weather.

I'd look in pet-stores, and consider maybe off-pet categories like terrarium "rock" heaters. I have one that's supposed to be 100% water-proof, over-heat proof, etc. If you put it under a metal dog dish, it would conduct heat quite well (maybe even use some heat-sink compound?) Of course, for 5 gallon dog-dish you'd probably have to use more than one "rock".

There may be some rugged aquarium heaters out there as well. Check out fresh AND saltwater tank accessories.

Of course, you will want to make the assembly chew-proof, probably connect it to a GFI for extra protection.

Also check out livestock outfits. "Stock" tank heaters might work if they make them small enough. Farmers and ranchers must have this problem for both small and large animals.

And, perhaps landscape outfits have artificial "pond", fountain, or even bird-bath water heaters in a decent size.


edit-add bird-bath

Greg M Feb 19, 2008, 09:53pm EST Report Abuse
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I had a small rubber dish that had a heating element under it a few years back. I believe that I got it in a farm supply store. It worked pretty well, but didn't quite draw enough power to keep the water wet at -10F...

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G. G. Feb 19, 2008, 11:10pm EST Report Abuse
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FordGT90Concept Feb 20, 2008, 01:38am EST Report Abuse
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john albrich said:
It'll depend on just how cold it gets, and how exposed the dish is to the weather.

High of -3F tomorrow. It is inside but the dog door is only a few feet away. The entire structure it is in (a large shed) is not heated.


john albrich said:
Of course, you will want to make the assembly chew-proof, probably connect it to a GFI for extra protection.

The one I have now (which is melting) has two comparments, one for the water jug to sit on with a tiny hole leading to the side the dog has access to. It probably would be possible to put a small ring-shapped heating coil in there but mind you, there is no metal so a little too much heat could lead to a 5 gallon skating rink. XD


john albrich said:
Also check out livestock outfits. "Stock" tank heaters might work if they make them small enough. Farmers and ranchers must have this problem for both small and large animals.

I was expecting the same but haven't been able to find anything. :(


G. G. said:
ROFL! He could take a bath in that tub. The tank warmer is the right idea...but it's a shape that won't fit in my situation (needs to be hollow in the middle). 1500-watt sounds a little excessive too considering there's probably less than 1 gallon to actually heat.

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john albrich Feb 20, 2008, 07:35am EST Report Abuse
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This website looks like it has potential:
http://www.farminnovators.com/page7.htm
They also have a 2.25gal heated "bucket"

Out of curiosity, I just searched [bird bath heater] and those looked pretty promising. I would think they'd hold lots of water. Either separate heater or a self-contained unit (probably best for a dog) Example:
http://www.petvetsupply.com/equmfrm024.html
Tested to -20F

Dublin_Gunner Feb 20, 2008, 07:54am EST Report Abuse
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Well, rather than heating it, why not stick a pump on it?? Flowing water doesnt freeze, and it would prevent any chance of the water becoming stagnant (not that I've ever known a dog to leave water for that long!)

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Greg M Feb 21, 2008, 06:52pm EST Report Abuse
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Oh oh oh!!!

I've got it!

Create a massive water-cooling loop and hook up his water to your computer! With long lines leading outside, you probably wouldn't even need a radiator, and it would keep your dogs water nice and liquid!

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FordGT90Concept Feb 21, 2008, 07:23pm EST Report Abuse
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8-|

I still haven't seen/come up with anything that will work. :(

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G. G. Feb 21, 2008, 07:34pm EST Report Abuse
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FordGT90Concept Feb 21, 2008, 07:43pm EST Report Abuse
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G. G. said:
Not self-filling.

G. G. said:
Too tall and not self-filling.

G. G. said:
:O This might have some potential. I don't get it though. Is it just a heater which fills a separate bowl or is it an all-in-one unit keeping the water that's stored and the bowl itself above freezing?


Edit: It looks like the water tray is built in to it. That's not ideal but it's better than nothing...

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TamTheBam Feb 21, 2008, 07:58pm EST Report Abuse
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Hehe I like all those ideas for our pets! Pets are treated like royalty! :)

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Meats_Of_Evil Feb 21, 2008, 09:54pm EST Report Abuse
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FordGT90Concept said:
john albrich said:
It'll depend on just how cold it gets, and how exposed the dish is to the weather.

High of -3F tomorrow. It is inside but the dog door is only a few feet away. The entire structure it is in (a large shed) is not heated.


Can normal dogs live outside in that temperature? :~ I remember when I went to to states and it was like 40F or 50F and I was wearing a sports jacket, I almost couldn't stand the cold for the first few days, I remember everyone kept looking at us and I was looking at everyone wearing short pants and sandals walking in that cold night. Damn that was so cold, I can't imagine how a snowy day could feel, or even the temperature in winter :/

Heh! I guess Puerto Ricans (at least me) can't stand the cold. :|

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FordGT90Concept Feb 21, 2008, 10:44pm EST Report Abuse
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He's sheltered from the wind and has heat lamps so yes, he fairs alright. We try to get him inside if it is below zero though. If you aren't properly dressed when it gets below zero, the cold comes after you with a vengeance. Exposed skin can be frost bitten in a matter of minutes.

I'd hate to be on Antarctica. During the night, winter months, it often hits -160 F.

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