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Re: NWF habitat certification - pond heater


Hi Donna--Don't know is there's a secret, just a floating tank heater with a
thermostat that I've used for the past 6 years.  Don't remember the brand.
but I bought it mail order from Northern Supply.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Donna " <justme@prairieinet.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, January 26, 2004 4:51 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] NWF habitat certification - pond heater


> Hi Rich,
>
> I tried that one year and the following it died mid-season. Seemed that
> once it built up and removed, it accumulated faster the next time....
> like within a few weeks it was all back again, as if it lost some
> protective coating. What's your secret?
>
> Donna
> Who always keeps a spare in the garage -just incase!
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> > Behalf Of Richard T. Apking
> > Sent: Monday, January 26, 2004 2:38 PM
> > To: gardenchat@hort.net
> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] NWF habitat certification - pond heater
> >
> > Hi Eva,
> >
> > I use a floating stock tank heater, not a real big one, and it doesn't
> > seem
> > to make any impact on my electric bill.  I think the secret here is to
> > make
> > sure that you clean the element real well in the spring when you
> remove
> > it.
> > I soak the element (which is covered with lime and crud) in vinegar
> for a
> > couple of days and brush it clean.  I imagine that the lime works as
> an
> > insulator, so you use more electricity for the same effect.  Good
> Luck.
> > Rich in Z-5 where there is a foot of new snow on the ground and still
> > coming
> > down.
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: <EvaTEsq@aol.com>
> > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > Sent: Sunday, January 25, 2004 7:10 PM
> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] NWF habitat certification - pond heater
> >
> >
> > > By the way, what heater are you using?  I will need to buy one this
> year
> > for
> > > next winter, but I am trying to find the most energy efficient pond
> > heater
> > I
> > > can find.  (Big surprise, huh?)  LOL
> > >
> > > Eva
> > > Long Island, NY
> > > Zone 6/7
> > >
> > > "We don't do enough to exploit renewable energy resources."
> > > Me
> > >
> > > In a message dated 1/25/2004 4:10:26 PM Pacific Standard Time,
> > > justme@prairieinet.net writes:
> > > ... In the winter the small birds land right
> > > on the floating heater to drink and bath....
> > >
> > > Donna
> > >
> > >
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