This is an excellent heated base for poultry waterers or founts. It has an automatic thermostat that keeps water at 50-55 degrees perfect for your birds so they are not drinking water that is just above freezing. Which would cause them to use more energy because there body then not only has to keep warm but heat the cold water. It is great because it will fit any plastic or metal fount up to 5 gallons. Many fount heaters are not approved for plastic but this one is! Draws only 100 watts. 16" diameter, 4" high. 6 foot 3 wire grounded plug made from long lasting galvanized metal. Do not expose to rain, wind or snow. Designed to be used inside a coop or enclosure otherwise the draft can be too great for the heater to compensate for and your water can freeze.
Awesome - exactly what I needed. So far has kept water from freezing after and 12 degree night and temp in barn was 28.
Too early to give a solid assessment of this product but the construction is solid. Time will tell how it performs when we get deeper into winter weather.
Great product so far
I ordered 2 of these & have only been using them for almost a week but so far they are working just as they claim to. I love that I can use them with our poly fountain drinks that we already had & didn't have to purchase additional fountains. My ducks & chickens love having the warm water & I love not having to make multiple trips out in the winter just to make sure they have water at all times. So far these heaters have been very reliable & we have had very cold (single digits & even a few below 0) days & nights here.
Ordered this heater for an aluminum waterer that was 3 gallons of solid ice. It was thawed by the next day and has been working great ever since. I was worried about the raised floor of the waterer which is about an inch above the rim but it worked great. It has been running for about two weeks without issue.
Universal Water Heater
Love the water heater unit to keep the water from freezing in the winter. It's dependable for keeping the water from freezing. Impressive because we live in the mountains and do get extreme temperatures.