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solotrip
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02/20/2019 02:02PM
Oh the joys of hauling water in the winter. Good to see this nice cold conditions and my water hole freezing solid every day! I guess this is better than melting snow, but 15 gallons a day does suck. Enjoy and happy Wednesday.

Gathering water at -38
 
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sweerek
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12/31/2019 08:09PM
A flat piece of R-10 blue or pink rigid foam placed over the hole slows down the freezing process. Cover with snow for more insulation. Anchor with a few ropes & logs if in bare iced / windy
jwartman59
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01/05/2020 03:17PM
solotrip: "Oh the joys of hauling water in the winter. Good to see this nice cold conditions and my water hole freezing solid every day! I guess this is better than melting snow, but 15 gallons a day does suck. Enjoy and happy Wednesday.

Gathering water at -38 "

Love your videos!
jillpine
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01/08/2020 06:36PM
Harlan,
If simple siphoning isn't working (which it should because it's pressure in the tube, not gravity, driving the water flow), try this:
veterinary stomach pump - this is how we do it when we need to move fluids/mineral oil / other stuff like rumen contents / etc from the bucket on the barn floor into (or sometimes out of) the horse stomach /cow rumen (or dog on the exam table) (skip ahead to around the 2" mark):
hand pump video

So, for your needs, you could carry this metal hand pump out to the ice hole, place the sucking end (bottom) into the ice hole, and the expelling end (the little needle-nose structure at the base of the handle) with plastic tube connected into your water bottle.
Basically, the ice hole would be like the "bucket on the barn floor" and the water jug the "horse's stomach".
Here's a link to an example pump:
pump

and the tubing: PVC tubing

It's fair to argue though that you'll be pumping through a 10mm diameter tube instead of pouring - pick your poison I guess.

Thanks for your videos!
 
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