Thermo-Pond 3.0


  • The world's most successful and efficient low-wattage pond de-icer

  • Uses only 100 watts 

  • Maintains a hole in backyard pond ice for just pennies a day

  • Floats on top of the water

  • Thermostatically controlled never to get hot

  • Completely safe when used with a pond liner or plastic pond

  • Fish friendly - assists the escape of toxic gases all winter long to help maintain a toxic-free environment for fish living under the ice

  • Tested at temperatures of -30°F

  • 12 ft. cord

  • MET Listed

  • 1 year limited warranty

  • Patented

Overview

Details

The K&H Thermo-Pond 3.0 is a unique, patented de-icer that maintains a hole in pond ice for just pennies a day. It's the worldʹs most energy efficient pond heater and works with ponds up to 1000 gallons.

Unlike some other heaters, the Thermo-Pond 3.0 will never burn a pond liner or plastic pond. It floats on top of the water and is thermostatically controlled to never get hot. This allows a pond to ice over naturally while maintaining a hole that facilitates gas exchange for wintering fish.

Small Package, Big Energy Savings

While other high-wattage de-icers can drive electric bills through the roof, the K&H Thermo-Pond 3.0 is easy on your budget. It consumes a mere 100 watts of power and operates for just pennies a day. With the money you'll save compared to running a traditional pond de-icer, the Thermo-Pond 3.0 can pay for itself in a few months.

Thermostatic Temperature Control

Internal thermostats automatically monitor water temperature and turn the floating Thermo-Pond 3.0 on and off as needed to keep the average water temperature just above freezing. Our patented technology ensures that your pond de-icer will only run as often as needed to maintain a 12 inch hole in the ice. In fact, it's thermostatically controlled to never get hot when properly submerged in water. Unlike some other heaters, Thermo-Pond will never burn a pond liner or plastic pond.

Safety-Tested

This product has been tested and certified by MET Labs to meet their high standards for electrical product safety.

As with any electrical product used in wet locations, please plug the Thermo-Pond 3.0 into a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet.

Gas Exchange Keeps Fish Alive

An open hole in pond ice allows proper gas exchange and helps fish survive the winter. The Thermo-Pond 3.0 facilitates this exchange by maintaining a 12 inch hole in pond ice, even in sub-zero weather. Add this K&H pond de-icer to create a healthier environment for your fish this winter.

To ensure that your fish have plenty of livable area, please operate the Thermo-Pond in ponds with a depth of at least 18 inches.

Safe For Fish

Even when they do come in contact with the heating element of a K&H deicer, your fish are quite safe. The heating element will never get hot to the touch as long as it is properly submerged in water. You can actually reach down into the water and put your finger on the heating element and it will not burn you. In the middle of winter when it gets really cold you’ll find your fish huddling around the deicer to keep warm, but the deicer will never harm them.

Patent #6,597,863

Key Specifications
  • Thermostatically Controlled: Yes
  • Cord Length: 12 ft.
  • Housing: Plastic
  • Safety Listing: MET
  • Wattage: 100 watts
  • Dimensions: 12" L x 12" W x 4" H
  • Min. Pond Depth: 18"
  • Max. Pond Size: 1000 gallons

Specifications

Additional Info

Item # 8001
Cord Length 12 ft.
Wattage 100 watts
Safety Listing MET
Dimensions 12" L x 12" W x 4" H
Item Weight 3 lbs.
Shipping Package 4 Color Box
Shipping Package Dimensions 14" x 14" x 5"
Case Pack Qty 6
Case Pack Dimensions 25.5" x 13" x 12.5"
Case Pack Weight 18 lbs.
Printable UPC No
Unit UPC 655199080014
Case UPC 655199180004
Warranty 1 Year

Care & Instructions

Minimum Depth Requirement

Please make sure your pond has a depth of at least 18 inches.

Already Frozen Ponds

  • If the ice on your pond is more than 2 inches thick, drill a hole with an ice auger and place the Thermo-Pond over the hole. Do not chop through the ice in smaller ponds as the shock waves can damage or kill your fish.
  • If the ice is only 1 or 2 inches thick, place the Thermo-Pond on the ice and it will melt its way through the ice.
  • Try to position your Thermo-Pond within arm’s reach of shore to avoid walking on thin ice.
  • Snow and ice should be removed from the top of your Thermo-Pond.
  • Always keep safety as your number one priority. Never walk on thin ice.
  • Please consult your pond professional on tips for overwintering fish.

Product Q&A

Product-Specific Questions


At what temperature should the de-icer turn on?

Our Thermo-Pond units are thermostatically controlled to keep the average water temperature just above freezing. They feature internal thermostats and will turn on and off as necessary to keep the pond from freezing over.

Is there a minimum required pond depth for the Thermo-Pond 3.0?

The pond needs to be at least 18” deep. The Thermo-Pond 3.0 is designed to keep a 12” hole in the ice directly around the Thermo-Pond only.

How can this use only 100 watts?

The Thermo-Pond 3.0 Floating Pond De-Icer is an energy efficient way to allow gas exchange for your fish while wintering. That is why it is designed to only keep a 12 inch hole in the ice. Essentially, it functions as a chimney for oxygen exchange in larger ponds.

Will my fish be safe with this deicer in the pond?

Your fish are quite safe, even when they do come in contact with the heating element of the deicer. The heating element will never get hot to the touch as long as it is submerged in water. You can actually reach down into the water and put your finger on the heating element and it will not burn you.

Please rest assured that your fish are quite safe when the Thermo-Pond Perfect Climate deicer is in the water. In the middle of winter when it gets really cold you’ll find your fish huddling around the deicer to keep warm, but the deicer will never harm them.

When my pond de-icer runs, foam forms on top of the water. Is this normal?

Yes, the foam buildup is harmless and completely normal for this product. The difference in temperature between the water inside the ring and the water outside the ring creates foam, which is why there is no foam buildup when the deicer is off.

How can I test my pond de-icer outside of a pond?

You can test the Thermo-Pond by placing it in the freezer for about an hour. Then remove the Thermo-Pond and plug it directly into an outlet. Hold onto the inside of the ring of the bottom half of the Thermo-Pond. It will begin to warm within about 5 minutes and will shut off automatically shortly after.

Does the cord actually sit in the water?

Yes, the cord does come out of the bottom of the deicer and will be in the water. If the cord were placed outside of the water, it would tip the unit sideways, causing the heating element to be exposed to the air, which is not desirable. The heating element must always be completely submerged under water to keep it cool.


General Questions about Outdoor Heated Products


How long is the cord?

The cord is 12 feet long.

Can I use an extension cord with this product?

MET requires that all manufacturers put the extension cord statement “Do not use with extension cord” on every item that is MET listed by UL 499 standards. This is because they cannot test every extension cord on the market in conjunction with our products for safety. Also, MET suggests that an extension cord is not recommended as a permanent fixture and should only be a temporary solution when using any electrical product.

Temporary use of a UL listed cord is fine, but consult your electrician for the proper cord for your application. For more information on MET safety testing, please visit their website at www.metlabs.com.

How long can a heated product be plugged in?

MET Safety Laboratories suggests unplugging the product if you leave your home on an extended vacation, as they do with any electrical appliance. Otherwise, it is designed for 24/7 operation and you can leave it plugged in all day. This item has been certified by MET labs to adhere to strict electrical safety standards. For more information, please visit www.metlabs.com.

Is there an off/on switch?

There is not an off/on switch. It is always on when plugged in.