How the JUG Works
How animals drink from the JUG
It all hinges on the “Draw Tube” - a word we coined to describe a unique
design for supplying the animal with water. It is much like a giant straw
so the animal can use its normal method of drinking. The animal places
its muzzle over the opening in the drinking bowl and sucks up the water
just as it would drink from a natural water hole. Even timid animals
adapt to the Jug easily.
25" long x 20" wide x 23" high
41" long x 20" wide x 23" high
39" long x 37" wide x 23" high
Designed for clean, clean water
JUG water is clean. No more smelly water from heavy bacterial growth. The Draw Tube is attached to the drinking bowl
with a feed trap which keeps feed debris that falls off the animal’s mouth from dropping into the reservoir.
Besides sucking up water, the animal draws up any accumulated debris in the trap and bowl areas, providing further
assurance of cleanliness. With the Jug Waterer you will not have the usual slime problem to deal with. And, of course,
no algae will grow in the JUG since it is a light-tight waterer. The bowl is sealed with Weather Seal.
Water is a nutrient and absolutely essential for maximum productivity. You know what the vets say: If the water is
palatable the animal will drink the quantities it needs for maximum feed efficiency and rate of gain.
External Drain Plug
The External Expansion Drain Plug allows easy
draining of the water from the JUG tank. The JUG’s
design keeps the water free from feed or hay, but
most water has iron bacteria which will leave a
residue in the tank over time. It is therefore wise to
drain the tank periodically.
Animals adapt easily to the JUG.
To this end, the JUG has an External Adjustment Screw
(simply turn the screw with a coin or a screwdriver). It is not
necessary to remove the lid to raise the water level in the
drinking bowl. When the animals know the JUG is their
drinking station, return the water to its lower operating level
to minimize the amount of water exposed to the weather.
An internal, pilot-operated float valve automatically keeps
the water at the determined level.
Thermal energy, not electrical energy
The Draw Tube is really three tubes, two copper and one CPVC. As the water gets cold in the drinking bowl, it becomes
heavier and sinks down the CPVC tube forcing the warm tank water up the copper tubes into the drinking bowl. This
keeps the water in the bowl from freezing by slowly circulating it and replenishing it with warm water.
In addition, the copper tubes are designed with a large surface area in the trap. Since copper is an excellent conductor
of heat, heat is transferred from tank water to the trap area through the copper tube walls.
In warmer winter climates, the Energy Free JUG is the model of choice. The Energy Free JUG also works well in
moderately cold climates, provided that enough animals are drinking from the fountain throughout the day and night to
keep the water in the reservoir rotating, and thus keep the tank warm enough to provide heat energy. In those same
moderately cold climates, where a JUG will not have enough animals drinking from it to keep the water in the reservoir
rotated enough times throughout the day, as well as in cold winter climate areas, the Energy Efficient (With Heat) JUG is
the model of choice. Energy Efficient JUG's are equipped with a small 65-watt heater and thermostat. In either case it is
primarily thermal energy, not electrical energy keeping the water fresh and at a constant temperature, summer and winter.
Good from North Dakota to Florida. The average energy cost for a JUG waterer with heat is $9.00 for the Entire Season.
The JUG is super-insulated with urethane foam to conserve heat loss, but the middle of the bowl area is left free of
insulation so the internal heat will melt away ice that could form on the exterior. The JUG is very reliable in extreme cold
and wind chills. It's like a Thermos JUG.
For Replacement of Existing Waterers
The Energy Efficient JUG is the best choice when replacing a worn-out old
fountain. This requires no excavation; just bolt the JUG down to your existing
mounting pad. The JUG Livestock Waterer has a low wattage 65 watt heating
element and thermostat to provide "insurance" in cold climates.
If your existing incoming water line is in an open uninsulated tile you should
install a 5 foot air space heater.
The JUG has an inspection cover that can
be easily removed for inspection and
service to the float valve.
New JUG Installation
The JUG is super-insulated and has very little heat loss. It's like a Thermos Jug.
When an animal drinks, the water in the JUG is replenished by the warm ground
water. In addition, when using an Insulated Earth Tube and Uninsulated Earth
Tube, a heat well is formed which supplies additional energy from the ground.
The Insulated Earth Tube extends below the frost line which prevents heat loss to
the frozen ground in winter. The heat well works because heat from the warm
ground flows through the Uninsulated Earth Tube into the heat well and then is
used as additional energy to keep the water in the JUG from freezing.
In summary: Heat from the incoming warm water and heat from the ground that
flows into the heat well is used to help keep the JUG frost-free. The addition of a
small 65 watt heater and thermostat (Energy Efficient JUG) is recommended in
cold winter climates.
JUG Mounting Pad Information
The joint between the base of the JUG and the cement
must be sealed by putting on the Weather Seal, supplied
with the JUG, in the groove that is molded into the bottom
of the JUG base. This prevents cold air from entering
underneath the JUG.
|The JUG has a 2 inch thick foot with a 3/4 inch wide slot 1
1/2 inches deep on each corner for anchoring.
JUG anchor bolt
4 required per JUG
Insulated JUG Earth Tube
Uninsulated JUG Earth Tube
Earth Tube Coupler
5 Foot Air Space Heater