We have our pressure tank mounted outside next to our well head. Both
are in their own big "dog house". The prior owner did a very sloppy
job of wrapping the tank with batt insulation. I'd like to redo the
insulation but I hate working with batt insulation. The tank is round.
Isn't there a better way to insulate a pressure tank?
Actually insulating the building is a really good idea but focusing on the
tank; you can try expanding foam insulation. Probably too tedious to use
the stuff in the cans for sealing doors (but it would work) but you can get
it in a 2 part mix (mix a small amount and apply with paintbrush) and also
larger sprayers (like what we use to foam pack boxes at work). The stuff is
way more messy and expensive than batts but you can probably find a
contractor to do it and make it look nice.
Look for encapsulated rolls of insulation as it is cleaner to work with.
Johns mansville makes an R-13 for 2x4 wall I used in walls and inside a spa
tub enclosure that wasn't too bad to work with. The plastic bag like wrap
can be closed up with a few pieces of duct tape to seal the fiberglas inside
What an astoundingly bad idea! Straw will rot and draw infestations. The
mold will draw the insects and eventually rodents. Which will end up
gnawing on things like wiring...
Better to reinsulate the well house AND wrap the tank. It won't do much
good to wrap just the tank if the other parts freeze up.
And peeing on the tank. Which'll eventually corrode through. Mouse piss
is quite hard on steel. Don't ask...
If the OP is objecting to batts because fiberglass is a pain to handle,
he might want to consider using rockwool instead. Denser, and not ANYWHERE
near as "picky"/"dusty". Wrap the end result in heavy plastic (leave some
gaps at the bottom to let moisture escape).
Spray-on insulating foam (_not_ the canned stuff) would be quite nice/neat
if done well, but I'd be a little worried about entrapping moisture from
condensation with an exterior tank.
Chris Lewis, Una confibula non set est
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Well, pursuant to my question I went to Lowes to see what options I
have. I think I'm going to try a roll of that foil bubble stuff with
the shiny side pointing inward. You get a pretty high R for the given
thickness. Thanks for the replies.
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