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Frost-Proof Waterer Made From Freezer, Sink
I got this idea after seeing a story in FARM SHOW a couple years ago about the Kencove underwater float valve (ph 800 418-6631; www.kencove.com), says Stephen Brubaker, Oconto, Wis., who used an upright freezer and kitchen sink to make a freeze-proof waterer.
  The water line is buried 6 ft. deep and comes up through a hole in the bottom of the freezer, which lays flat on the ground. A kitchen sink mounts in the door of the freezer, which opens to the top. When the freezer fills up with water, it enters the sink through the drain.
  The Kencove float valve is designed to be installed under water, at the bottom of a waterer. Brubaker buried two 30-gal. drums under the freezer, one mounted on top of the other with the ends cut out of them. The water line, which is also wrapped with insulation, runs up through the empty drums.
  It saved us the cost of an expensive frost-proof waterer, and it has worked great for the past two winters. Because the cattle drink out of the sink, it tends to stay ice-free because its a small area. If it freezes up, you just have to break up the ice in the small area, says Brubaker.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Stephen Brubaker, Oconto, Wis. (ph 920 604-0208; steveandemmy81@gmail.com).

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2014 - Volume #38, Issue #3