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Lightbulb Water bay freeze protection

Since I'm way down here in Alabama we don't freeze very often, but we can go from 100'F on Oct 1st to 38'F on Oct 31st you have to be prepared for weather changes.

This is my solution out of the many solutions to worrying about freezing temps in the water bay. I use a chicken coop heater connected to a thermo-cube plug. I have the panel inserted between the metal shelf support and the water leak detector in my water bay. I like it better than a light bulb as it can't burn or ignite anything, I've put my hand on it while it was "hot" and I don't think it would even melt any plastic hoses if it were to come in contact with them.

The Chicken Coop Heater is a flat panel, Certified Zero-Clearance heater plate that uses a max of 200w. There are no moving parts. And well, it is made specifically to "Keep Your Birds Warm All Winter!" so....

The power is connected through a Thermo Cube Thermostatically Controlled Outlet - On at 35'F /Off at 45'F. Basically to save a little electricity and cut off the heater plate when not needed.
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That’s interesting. I’m even farther south. We might get below freezing a few time a year and then only for a few hours at a time. I don’t intend to winterize. Something like this might do the trick for the few cold nights we get.
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That’s interesting. I’m even farther south. We might get below freezing a few time a year and then only for a few hours at a time. I don’t intend to winterize. Something like this might do the trick for the few cold nights we get.
Doesn't the Lx have bay heat already?
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You know I think your right. I forgot about the thermostat down there. But this is a good idea when it’s offline.
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The 94' Widebody has bay heat as well, from the primus which I don't run normally.
If you have a compressor fridge or freezer in the bays it probably stays above freezing too from the little amount of heat it puts out. But I don't want to have to replumb because I lost that bet.
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