During the hot summer days, your log cabin crew needs a place to cool off. However, developing an entire swimming pool seems excessive, and getting in a hot tub when you’re warm is not appealing. That’s where stock tank pools are useful around your log cabin.
Why Use a Stock Tank?
Stock tanks are premade products that hold up to the rigors of the outdoors. Farmers leave them out in fields for years after all. Since these tanks are readily available across the country, converting one into a pool is a practical option. Round stock tanks over six feet in diameter can hold four adults, while rectangular tanks can become an outdoor bath.
Additionally, the stock tank design allows for a simple setup. In many cases, you can set up a stock tank pool outside your log cabin in a few hours. With this ease in setting up, there’s more time to enjoy your newfound oasis from the heat.
What Does a Stock Tank Pool Need?
Setting up a stock tank pool for your log home is straightforward. You will need a few tools on hand, depending on the model of stock tank you buy. Some models do not have enough holes incorporated to run the equipment, so you will need to create them. You may also want to make a cover for your pool when it’s not in use.
The essentials of a stock tank pool require a filter pump and some form of water treatment. Using these items prevents algae and bugs from growing in your new hideaway. If you select a metal stock tank, it is crucial to watch the chlorination levels. High chlorine levels can accelerate the rusting process.
Those simple items are all you need to set up a stock tank pool outside your log cabin. Pool floaties and toys are optional.
Creating Your Own Stock Tank Pool
The first step is preparing the surface where your stock tank pool will rest. Ideally, this surface will be level and free of sharp objects such as rocks. After the area is clear, double check your measurements against those of the stock tank and figure out approximately where the filter pump will sit.
At this point, it’s time to convert the stock tank into a pool. Depending on your tank model, you may need to add two or three holes. Two holes serve as the filter pump intake and return, and you will need to attach those pipes with a seal before filling the tank. The other hole acts as a drain, which many stock tanks come equipped with. You will need to attach a water diversion method since you do not want to wash out the soil around your log cabin.
Once all the holes are complete, place the tank on your cleared surface. Attach and seal the filter pump lines to your tank. Then, after ensuring the drain is closed, you can begin filling your stock tank pool. Make sure you set up a treatment schedule, so the water stays safe, and enjoy your new pool.