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electric pipe heater used as an automatic chicken waterer heater
I decided to go with the smallest section of electric pipe heater for the DIY heated chicken waterer.

The longer lengths were just a few dollars more, but I thought it would be best to start out at the bottom in an effort to use the least amount of energy.

People with really cold winters may need a longer section.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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My folks and I are both impressed with your heated water bucket write up and we are on a quest to find the right buckets for the project. It gets pretty cold here in NW Missouri in the winter so we'd like to be able to use the full 13' of heater.

We've decided it's going to require buckets from two places that aren't the same exact dimensions so there is enough room for all that heated tape to fit. Wish us luck.

Comment by Heath Tue Nov 29 21:20:58 2011
One of our readers used a 15 foot length of heat tape for her bucket waterer. She didn't buy her buckets but did indeed use two different styles of buckets. That's something we discovered while making ours --- if your buckets are the same style, you have to cut the outer one down a lot. Please do let us know if you find just the right combination of buckets!
Comment by anna Wed Nov 30 09:30:08 2011

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