I thought I had a good system, but it’s failing me lately and I am opening this up for conversation.
I generally like the drain plug style tank deicers. This is the type I usually buy:
Farm Innovators 1,500W Drain-Plug De-Icer for All Rubbermaid Stock Tanks up to 300 gal. https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/farm-innovators-drainplug-deicer-for-rubbermaid-stock-tanks
However, for the second year in a row, the plastic snapped while installing it, rendering it useless. Plus, also for the second time, the exterior portion for the drain plug developed a leak after installation, I assume from getting slightly shifted. I don’t feel like I’m really cranking these things to justify so much breakage.
Is there another brand of drain plug style deicer you like?
Or, is there another style deicer you prefer?
I like these but I can’t find them in stock locally:
I have one. My only complaint is 16 gallons isn’t very much water as a source for multiple horses.
The local TSC has this brand, but the reviews are mixed. Are these worth it?:
I have a floating deicer that works well, but I can’t use it when my weanling is turned out because it becomes a toy. Also, the donkey is scared of it.
What about the sinking style? In the past I had more trouble with these at places I worked so I have avoided them. Plus, the cord is a prime weanling toy— any great ideas on protecting/securing a cord on a sinking heater so a mischievous youngster can’t pull it out of the trough?