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virginiaod

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virginiaod says:

How to make a hay steamer?

Does anyone know how to make an effective diy hay steamer? I have heard of people doing it but don't know how. The appaling summer has meant that my usual good quality hay is questionable at best whilst most of it looks and smells good I have noticed one or two bales starting to have a some mould already. I have immeidately removed these but am concious that its only August and I will need this hay for the winter. I have been told that is there is some mould in the hay then steaming it elimates this and is then safe to give to my horses, does anyone know if this is correct? As for buying other hay outside of the fact that my pocket is well streched already there is none to be had. All the local farmers are in the same boat and my excess hay was sold within 24 hours, (this paid the contractor to cut and bale it). I have been told that what i have is the best that is out there this year. Any advice would be appericated!

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Leo2980

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Leo2980 says:

Re: How to make a hay steamer?

I know a couple of people who have made their own 'steamers'.  The most popular method was to get a garden water butt which has a lid and a tap at the bottom.  In the bottom of the butt put some sort of grill raised off the bottom by about 6 inches.  To use, pour a couple of kettles of boiling water in the bottom of the butt, stand haynet on top of grill and put lid on.  Leave to steam!  Standing the water butt on a couple of bricks, especially if it has a tap on the bottom, makes it easier to empty.

http://www.waterbuttsdirect.co.uk/ - this is the sort of water butt used.

 

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: How to make a hay steamer?

The way I have steamed hay for the past 20 years is a plastic dustbin, hay in dustbin and 2 kettles boiling water put lid back on to dustbin, when cold empty out the hay to use and poor out the tiny amount of water at the bottom, cheap and simple told to do it this way by vet for my Cob Tonka and continued ever since as also feed off floor.

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SuzyA

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SuzyA says:

Re: How to make a hay steamer?

As far as I'm aware, to steam hay correctly the temperature needs to reach 80/100 degrees and the only way that can happen is if there is constant hot steam being pumped into a chamber for 40 -60 mins to make sure the hay is steamed correctly.
I personally think if a horse or pony has a real dust allergy then a boiling kettle will not do, but ponies that have not got an allergy then a kettle may well help damp down any dust to prevent a pony getting a problem, or just good old fashioned soaking

 

 

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virginiaod

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virginiaod says:

Re: How to make a hay steamer?

Thanks so much for all the advices, I have been trawling the internet and this is what I have come up with if its any use to anybody (will let you know if it works!). 

Get a wheelie bin you can buy some fairly cheaply, I have a spare one, then purchase a wallpaper stripper steamer, Argos is doing one 2000watts, which is quite powerful for €30.49 and uses 4 litres of water in 60 mins. Make a hole to fix the hose of the steamer at the bottom side of the bin and seal with silcone on the outside of the bin. Make a grid to put over hose in the bin, I'm using a wire shopping basket upside down in the bin to take the weight of the hay and allow the steam to rise up the bin, and then put in hay, close lid and steam for 20 mins approx. I recoken a wheelie bin should take a 4x4 bale of hay which would be two days worth of hay.

I haven't tried this theory yet but am hoping to put it together in the next two weeks (as I won't need hay before then). I will let ye know if it works!

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jenhavocmanny

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Re: How to make a hay steamer?

I don't know about steaming, but I always soak my hay as I have a pony that has ROA / COPD and soaking not only dampens the hay, but washes a lot of dust out, and probably would do the same with  mould spores too. The water after soaking is very brown, and I only kind of 'wash' it for a few minutes.

I think there may be a fair bit of hay going mouldy this year, as I've been told a lot of it has been baled before properly drying, just to get it in due to the wet weather.

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leannemccabe

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leannemccabe says:

Re: How to make a hay steamer?

 ooh yes i do!! i mademy own earlier in the year we bought a wall paper steamer and a wheelie bin drilled a hole in the bottom of the bin for the pipe to go through then attached the flat nozel to the end and put the hay on top - we also bought a wall timer so if we leave it filled up it turns on before i get to the yard so its all ready for me!! all in all cost about £100 but my dad decided on the deulux model!! you could probably do it for £40!! its super! i wouldnt go back to soaking now plus steamed hay smells lush!!

 

 

i got the idea off a friend whose dad built one for her - they then trialled a haygain for 2weeks before sending it back becaue it wasnt as good and it burnt a hole on the floor!!  cheap and simple sis the way forward!!

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