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Frost King 18 ft. Automatic Electric Heat Cable Kit
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Frost King

18 ft. Automatic Electric Heat Cable Kit

$30.84 /each

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The Thermwell Products Co., Inc 18 ft. Automatic Electric Heat Cable Kit is designed for use on metal and plastic water pipes to help prevent the pipes from freezing. This kit comes pre-assembled for easy installation. It has a built-in thermostat.

  • For use on 2 in. metal and plastic water pipes
  • 1 year warranty
  • Helps keep water flowing down to -40 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Plug has a power indicator light

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Could this be put on the outside of a plastic bucket to keep the water inside from freezing for animals to drink?

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December 3, 2013
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January 23, 2014
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No, this product is not intended for use outdoors or for plastic buckets.
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December 10, 2013
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Thank you. I assumed that the company wouldn't recommend for liability issues. But I think I've heard of several people using them that way. Do you plug it into an outdoor outlet with no problems?
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December 9, 2013
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They can not recommend use for that. But I have wrapped one around my dog's METAL water bucket for years with no problems.
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December 6, 2013
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No, it cannot be used for this purpose.
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Is it ok to cover the electric heat cable with the foam pipe insulation?

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January 10, 2014
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October 4, 2015
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The instructions say to use insulation, to cover the entire length of the heat tape & pipe, INCLUDING the thermostat. Yes, according to the instructions, the thermostat SHOULD be covered with insulation, like the rest of the tape.
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January 14, 2014
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Per the instructions, you should not cover with anything. I used mine on a water hose for my RV, and I wapped my hose first in ONE layer of aluminum foil, and then wrapped the heat tape on the hose. However, if you are using this on a water pipe, rather than a hose, as I did, DO NOT wrap with the foil. The foil is intended to protect the water HOSE from the heat given off. A water PIPE should not need Read More
Per the instructions, you should not cover with anything. I used mine on a water hose for my RV, and I wapped my hose first in ONE layer of aluminum foil, and then wrapped the heat tape on the hose. However, if you are using this on a water pipe, rather than a hose, as I did, DO NOT wrap with the foil. The foil is intended to protect the water HOSE from the heat given off. A water PIPE should not need this. It is NOT recommended to further encase the heat tape with anything, such as the foam insulation, as it does give off heat, and the wrapping could cause a fire. Read Less
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January 10, 2014
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Yes in can be covered with Foam insulation.
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Does the indicator light in the plug only work when the device is actually heating?

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October 18, 2016
Does the indicator light come on when the device is plugged in, or only when the temperature drops below 38 deg?
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October 19, 2016
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The indicator light comes on when the heat cable is plugged in to a socket.
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October 18, 2016
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No, the light comes on to indicate that it is plugged into a working socket.
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Can you use these cables for bottom heat in a seed bed

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January 22, 2016
the cable would be 6 inches or so under dirt .
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February 9, 2016
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No, it will not work in the dirt. It only works on water supply line pipes.
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January 23, 2016
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No, it will not work in the dirt. It only works on water supply line pipes.
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18 ft. Automatic Electric Heat Cable Kit is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 16.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The cable is not too stiff and is easy to work with. You definitely want to read the instructions... The cable is not too stiff and is easy to work with. You definitely want to read the instructions carefully so you install the cable and the temperature sensor correctly. The light on the plug is helpful to know it has power. But, it is difficult to verify that it works until the pipe temperature drops below 34 degrees. I wish the power cable were longer. I will note that I couldn't easily reach the entire length of pipe I was trying to warm (under an outdoor kitchen). But, I was able to wrap the cable around the pipe and pull it tight. Where I could reach, I mounted to the bottom of the pipe, adhered with electrical tape, and added pipe insulation over the top. That seemed to do the trick, although in Texas, it doesn't get too cold or stay cold for long.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It Works I use this procuct to protect a water line from my pump house to my trailer , appx 20 feet , Was an ease to install and works well so far ...
Date published: 2016-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works as described Easy to install and set up. Simply plug in and wrap
Date published: 2016-10-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from this product did all it advertised this product did all it advertised
Date published: 2016-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from oil line My outside oil furnace lines were frozen at -5 degrees. After installing heat tape no problem at -16 degrees
Date published: 2014-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good product for a good price. I found the thermostat built into the product to be a good selling point.
Date published: 2012-02-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not worth the money Product produces very little heat from what its advertised. I can't see it preventing pipes from freezing.
Date published: 2016-02-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Quit working in a week Quit working in a week, wouldn't replace. Even with receipt. Will buy different placed next time.
Date published: 2016-02-23
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