What’s the real advantage in using a Cobett waterer?
Cobett’s unmatched winter endurance and versatility make it ideal for stockmen and sale barns. Unlike other heat free systems, occasional or even zero traffic does not freeze up the valve and plumbing as long as the tub is filled with water! Cobett’s bull-tough durability and long life are due to the black color, round design, UV inhibited polyethylene and substantial wall thickness. The buried installation and recommended drinking heights greatly enhance long-term stability. There are no anchor bolts to break loose from concrete!
Cobett waterers were designed to have three main features:
- An open drinking area
- Easy & wide-open access to the plumbing
- No required heating device
Apparently these and other features are widely appreciated, as word-of-mouth and repeat customers generate nearly 80% of sales!
How do Cobett waterers work without a heating device?
Electric heat is not required for valve protection. However, there is room below the tub to hang a low-wattage heating device for reducing surface ice. Each Cobett waterer includes and is mounted upon a 24″ wide base tube that is an appropriate length for the customer’s locale. Cobett fully utilizes the wide column of ground heat by placing the tub inside the ground heat chamber, not just above it. The entire tub of water is constantly and directly warmed or cooled by the surrounding underground temperatures. Because there are no doors and seals or a concrete pad, there are no cracks for air leaks! Lacking a door or cover that could accidentally freeze shut or open, Cobett allows Mother Nature to generate a relatively small amount of ice on the water surface. Unheated Cobett testing results and customer reports reveal some examples of overnight ice thickness in a beef dry lot situation:
- 15-20 head @ -10°F and no wind = 1/2” ice
- 0-5 head @ +10°F and no wind = 1” ice
- with no traffic after 3:00 p.m. @ -20°F with -40°F wind chill = 2” ice
Thicker ice occurs if water is consumed only once or twice daily. A 4 1/2” icecap has been observed at -40°F during a -70°F wind-chill factor. Regardless of temperature, wind-chill or livestock traffic, it should take only a few seconds to open any overnight icing that may occur. Use the Cobett ice chipper or a ball peen hammer, etc. (not an ax) if needed, generally once that day. Customers like knowing that Cobett eliminates frozen valves and plumbing!