Just an idea I thought I'd share. When we are kidding, it's usually in the low teens to zero degrees F. I always want my laboring/post-delivery Moms to have warmed molasses water and I don't mind having warm water to wash my hands up in, but hate running back to the house to get hot water and toting it back to the barn through the snow, only to have it cool off fast in the barn. We keep warming buckets for the animals, but I'm talking about truly warm water. My solution (note we have cold water & electric in the barn)-- I bring my 30 cup Coffee Urn to the barn, fill with water and plug it in. Truly hot water pretty fast. Can mix with molassses and enough cool water to get it just right. Plus, I can wrap a towel around it to have a warmed towel for a kid, if needed. I only plug it in when I need it and never leave it unattended, but it heats a fair amount of water pretty fast.
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I use veterinary obstetrical gloves when my does are kidding. It's much cleaner than having to scrub my hands if I need to assist a doe, particularly for my own health if there is a problem with the kids like a dead one. That said, I love the idea of using the coffee urn for hot water and heating towels. VERY clever idea.
mzgarden, I've taken a page from your book. I was scrounging through a cabinet and found an OLD (like before I was married) electric coffee percolator I thought I'd gotten rid of years ago. Since it works just fine and neither of us drink that much coffee, I took it to the barn this morning. It's slow but not only did it heat water to mix with water from the hydrant for the goats, the outside of the percolator was an excellent place to warm my hands what with the polar vortex dropping the ambient temperature to -5 at that point. The goats have a lixit in the barn but the heat tape doesn't keep it thawed at these temperatures. They also have a trough with a heater in it but at as cold as it is, they aren't keen on going out in the wind to drink cold water. The goats "absorb" that warm water like they were sponges.