Hi All - Well, I wanted to tell you about my great heated water bucket - but that led me to thinking about how I got it. It gets winter here by October - so I work full time and thought, well, I'd better get a heated bucket so I won't have to worry about water for my goats - winter is L O N G (and cold) here. So I went to the feed store and bought a nice big blue plastic bucket for about $45. It was so great, pretty and blue and shiny. It was cracked in less than a week. The plastic was too hard and the goats too rough! So, I mail ordered a black rubbery one from Nasco - its just a 5 gallon pail with a heater inserted in the bottom with a plastic protector and its worked great (touch wood) so far! And its been on constantly since early October. Anyway, I'm sure thats not the first or last mistake I've made - but thought it would be interesting (and I might learn something too :doh: ) to here others stories....so what's yours?