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Re: Freeze proof water tank. Will this work?

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10-15-2013 03:12:43

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I'm reading all this, and sxtarting to really laugh, imagining a PVC pipe, with copper ground rods driven down all around it, alum foil tops, windmill on the roof top, ... couldn[t help, sorry. Seriously, it might work if you can conduct enough deep ground heat up to match how much heat gets lost. Do not insulate the bottom of the pipe, but insulate all arouund it, but only down to frost level. Go as deep as you can, and goofy as it might seem, a bynch of sawed-off copper-clad ground rods right alongside, but only up to the bottom of the pipe, might help conduce heat up. Don't want to conduct cold down. And MOST IMPORTANT!! don'[t let any of your buddies see you doing this..

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10-15-2013 10:56:19

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 Re: Freeze proof water tank. Will this work? in reply to FBH44, 10-15-2013 03:12:43  
In places, the Alaska pipe line was built on perma-frost. The engineers burried copper tubing filled with amonia gas. The amonia gas conducted the heat upward from the ground to the winter air. No moving parts. This allowed the ground to freeze deeper. In the summer, the heat would not flow in reverse. The idea was to keep the supports on frozen ground year around.

Don't really think this would be a cost effective way to keep water from freezing.

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