If you are buying something to use for poultry, Why buy a heated little 5 gallon bucket or a heated base when you can buy this for the same price (or less)? This thing you can put in however big of a container, tank, or tub that you want, within reasonable limits, and it is totally safe around waterfowl bills and feet. Meanwhile, the heated bases can barely do 5 gallons of water (and HAVE to be used with a metal container) or the heated buckets are usually $50-70+ just to hold 5 gallons of water which does not last long and can't be used for duck or geese to get a bath. I really like these deicers. I have a 15 gallon rubber tub and a 30 gallon plastic tub for my ducks and geese, and the 250 watt in each tub is able to easily keep them from getting iced over. I bought one of these a year ago (was for the 30 gallon tub) and just bought a 2nd one (for the 15 gallon tub). The plastic cage on this keeps duck/goose bills and feet off of the heating element, which is super important to me. 10/10 I recommend! Currently the only pic I have that kind of shows the deicer is the one with an upside down goose in it.
These deicers worked great during a recent winter blast in Texas. My 100 gallon troughs stayed ice free that had them, the other troughs froze so thick we struggled to break the ice. We used one in an 8 ft tank, we needed the 1500 watt but only had the 1000 watt and it still kept the tank from freezing completely. It had a thin layer of ice and open area where the deicer was floating. We tried floating bottles in the other troughs and they all froze. Thank you so much to Chewy for shipping right away! We received our deicers in time!
Wow! I put this de-icer in the metal tank and forgot to plug it in. Two days later the tank was frozen with the de-icer. I plugged it in and within 10 minutes it had melted a ring around it and let water come to surface. Within 30 minutes, enough had been melted so I could pull chucks of ice out. I have continue water trickling so the tank stays full/ Love this product.
We have the 500 watt model. Using it floating on the water. The cage cover would be difficult for a horse to chew or pick up. Definitely keeps the water open for horses to access. We're in Pennsylvania and the 500 watt is adequate. If you are in climate that is colder, I'd chose a stronger model.
Excellent stock tank deicer, solved me of having to set timer and mess with the cow's water. Ultra fast shipping, cheaper by 33% of what I could get in town.
I purchased 2 and one burnt a hole in the element after the first two weeks
De-icer plastic and styrofoam melted in the stock tank! Very unhappy with this product.
I often buy K & H products and like them. This morning, after a winter of use, I found small red circles and other small red plastic pieces from this tank heater in the water tank -- the protective plastic around the heating element is NOT a good idea! Pieces ranged from small (about 1/8 inch) smooth circles to jagged pieces broken off the structure itself. It kept the water open all winter, but horses drinking water with small plastic pieces in it is not my choice. This just showed up with the spring thaw, not in winter temps.
I ordered this the night before we were expecting a major snow storm for my small koi pond as I felt the heater that was there wasnt deicing the thick layer of ice that had frozen. I asked if it could be rushed as I feared my koi wouldn’t survive with air for their gases to exit the pond. Well it arrived the next day by twelve thirty in the afternoon I ran outside and plugged it in the pond. Good news, within a few hours my pond was thawing and by the next day with eight inches of snow my pond was completely thawed and my koi were swimming around as if it were Spring. Can’t thank Chewy enough for their promptness
Purchased it last winter, as a replacement for my previous heater, which lasted 6 years. It worked fine, while it was working. But then I was surprised to find our tiny pond frozen, and most of our goldfish dead. It lasted half a winter last year, and now half a winter this year, and broke. Only get this if you are ok with it being a season solution. Do not rely on it for longer.