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    trying to defrost cattle troughs

    iv jus spent all day trying to defrost with a blow torch cattle water troughs .....are there any tips or tricks

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    Re: trying to defrost cattle troughs

    Use hot water if pipes are alkathene
    The actual valve and tiny nozzle inside can be fiendishly reluctant to thaw, and can choke again with bits from further back (and refreeze when it's like this).
    Take the pipe off to see if you actually have water that far.
    With Alkathene those modern chunky connectors are also very difficult to get heat inside, a bit of rag wrapped round hold hot water longer, or just disassemble and put in them in hot water.

    Prevention - slacken the bung slightly so they dribble constantly if at all possible.
    An icy puddle is better than cattle wrecking troughs fighting for water.
    If it has stopped try to get things going ASAP.
    Often it's a trivial amount of ice blocking the valve at first, but leave it for hours and everything will turn solid.
    If the trough has its own stopcock partly close it so the tank is rarely full but dribbles constantly.

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    Re: trying to defrost cattle troughs

    Many years ago in a winter like this someone posted on here an incredibly simple tip to supplement water intake, they were mixing stock grub in a tub and simply added a scoop of snow to the ration so that stock actually took in H2o in its frozen form, not a complete answer but he reckoned it made a major difference given the difficult access to water in times like this.
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    Re: trying to defrost cattle troughs

    boil kettles and tip the water in to the trough...
    jks.... can u not just crush the ice on the top and then there would still b water in the actual trough from b4 and then place a rag round the valve....???? and or just buy alkathene pipes... easiest option...

    lmk how u get... and how u do it....

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    Re: trying to defrost cattle troughs

    Quote Originally Posted by dorian View Post
    iv jus spent all day trying to defrost with a blow torch cattle water troughs .....are there any tips or tricks
    for thawing pipes in houses I have seen people take a propane blast heater and heat water in an old propane tank that has had the valve removed and a flexible pipe installed to direct the steam

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    Re: trying to defrost cattle troughs

    RWJ ....u hav a portable ketal ....that wld of frozen by the time u get the troughs
    you could try and crush the ice on top but its been that cold it might not work ..... and then uv gotta watch out for desperate cattle trying to drink

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    Re: trying to defrost cattle troughs

    Too late for this time but heat trace systems do work. Such as this one https://www.traceheatinguk.co.uk/com...-trace-heating

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    Re: trying to defrost cattle troughs

    Not helping for now it's true,,
    after the last real bad freeze here 200? We had a redesign in our beef yards, all the dead end lines and crappy old metal lead pipes where all bipassed, a single alky line went ending with a "tap" at the back of the buildings, all the troughs are now tee of the main line, if gets remotely near frosty tsp is left running, as a rule we now only get the ball taps freeze up, play a blow lamp over them soon fee up,, secret is keep at it till you have running water,, don't be tempted to leave it and thing o the sun will sort it,, it won't,
    plus if your on all plastic just open the coupling and get the crappy ice chunks out the pipe,
    we also arranged it so more cattle drank from less "larger" troughs the theory being they'll keep drinking and keep it flowing,,

    we we have more dramas now with one of the old Bowden cables on the straw blower,,
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