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• Pur­chase: Im­mer­sion heater • Con­sid­er­a­tions: When buy­ing a por­ta­ble im­mer­sion heater for troughs or buck­ets, safety is your over­rid­ing con­cern. Size is also im­por­tant; get the cor­rect wattage for the vol­ume of water you’rey­oure look­inglo to keep warm. • Op­tions: Heaters for large tanks, which typ­i­cally run be­twbe­tween 1,000 and 1,500 watts, are avail­able in sinsink­ing or float­ing va­ri­eties. Smaller heaters, suit­able for warm­ing a sin­gle bucket of water, run be­tween 250 and 1,000 watts. Both types of heaters have sim­i­lasim­i­lar fea­tures. Look for mod­els that shut off au­to­mat­i­cally when the de­sired tem­per­a­ture is reached, when the water level is low or when they are re­moved from the water. You’ll also want to see heavy plas­tic or alu­minum cas­ing around cords and a mech­a­nism for keep­ing the heat­ing el­e­ment from com­ing into con­tact with the trough or bucket it­self. • Cost: from roughly $40 for a sin­gle bucket heater up to $100 for a large trough heater.

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