Whey Tank Washing


Whey Tank Washing

With the loads of whey we get for the pigs there is often a little butter or cream mixed in. This is great calories for the pigs, especially in the winter. Extra calories help them keep warm.

The butter floats to the top of the tank so periodically we feed out the tanks completely and wash them down with hot water which dissolves the butter and sends it out to the troughs for the pigs to enjoy. This isn’t feasible in the cold winter months, because we only have a small 40 gallon domestic hot water heater, so the butter can build up to several hundred gallons by spring time when we’re finally able to clean it out. That unfortunately uses up capacity in the tanks until we get it out.

Outdoors: 73째F/54째F Cloudy, Rain
Tiny Cottage: 77째F/69째F

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4 Responses to Whey Tank Washing

  1. BFW says:

    Curious, why not a tankless heater? I'd have expected something more space efficient than a tank heater given the size of your cottage. Granted, the current tankless that I researched all require electricity: perhaps you don't want that limitation (in case power goes out).

    I imagine it'd still take a while to melt the butter off in the winter, but you'd have an "endless" supply with a tankless.

    Plus, given tax rebates available now, a tankless doesn't cost much more than a tanked one.

    As you might have guessed, we just installed a new tankless, and I'm pretty happy. Especially considering the fact that I no longer have a tank leaking water onto my wood floors.

  2. Veddy good question… I looked into them and had hoped to get one when we built the cottage. They look really good on paper. But they draw such a large amp load we can't handle them, at least not with our previous electric service. The newly upgraded underground service I just put in (see post later this week) will have 200 Amp service so that would be able to handle them although I still don't like the large electric draw.

    One could go with propane but I intensely do not trust propane. We had gas lamps and a gas stove for years and years. They always leaked. The gas company would come out and 'fix' things but it never was fixed. This meant gas was constantly leaking into the house. I don't like blowing up. :{

    The other problem is that tankless water heaters are designed for warmer water than we have. The result is all the domestic units I looked at would only give us luke warm showers.

    In the end the reason I went with a tank based water heater was we wanted to put it in right away and not wait. All the research, upgrading electric, complications, ect were just going to delay a good hot shower. The family vote was for hot water, however it comes.

    I do have plans for solar and wood hot water, both of which we've done in the past. The existing tank can be part of that system.

    For cleaning out whey tanks and other jobs on the farm needing high pressure and hot water my plan is to get a mobile diesel powered heating pressure washer. Great for cleaning out sap lines too at the end of mapling season.

    Cheers,

    -Walter

  3. karl says:

    our 40 gallon water electric heater just went out. i hope to install a rinnai propane heater soon*. while working for a solar company i installed every major tankless brand and found that rinnai to be the best. solar preheat being a major consideration.

    it is funny the different things that frighten a person. i'm not scared of propane. probably because i do all the piping myself. although, i am scared to jack up our house and put a new foundation under it.

    soon* the outdoor solar shower has only a few short weeks of reasonable use left.

  4. *grin* It is interesting. So far in our new projects I've avoided the propane although with our new big project it may be necessary. To that end I'm designing for the blast. Think venting, shaped charges and blast walls. Still, I'll keep it out of the cottage since it isn't absolutely necessary and we sleep there.

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