Andrea Locke wrote:Mary Ellen,
Those look interesting and potentially a good recycling option! How do you make sure there aren't residual chemicals left on them from past industrial use, though?
Hi there Andrea,
These huge tanks have been lying in a field for over 20 years cut and open to the rain, wind, air and snow. The farmer who bought them finally turned a few over and used them as shelters for his cows. He is a certified organic farmer and they tested everything including those tanks. Otherwise I would not have bought them. They weigh a ton a piece and his tractor couldn’t lift them. So we had to pay the high hoe man extra to go over there to load them on a metal hay wagon. Ours would not have been able to take the load.
My idea was completely different because we covered the tanks to give more warmth to the cattle. I’ve been working on the inside and shoring up the bottom with rocks. We given the cows a round bale of straw per container which they trampled right away. Now we will still cover the top round with wood and put a half door across the front to protect them from the elements. No chemicals left to bother them in there.
They also have the woods and another shed to escape the weather but our winters are becoming more unpredictable and they just needed more.