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Aerating with an old times windmill?
#523291 07/06/20 09:57 AM
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My kids have about a two acre pond which is a little far from their house to run electricity or an air line to. On another corner of their place they have an old windmill, which is now surrounded by trees and not really doing anything. They have always wanted to move it closer to their yard. Has anyone ever seen an air pump that could be run by the reciprocating motion of a windmill?

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That sounds like a fun project. I would personally consider using the windmill to pump water for a water feature like a waterfall or something decorative rather than an aeration system. In my opinion, aeration should be something that is consistent, reliable, and controlled. Wind is none of that (at least not in my neck of the woods). Surely a pump could be retrofit to the base of the mill, at ground level or just below, and used to pump water from the pond to the water feature.

There are plenty of windmill pond aerator vendors out there and it would not be too hard to purchase one of their pump units and retro fit it to your old windmill.


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Originally Posted by Quarter Acre
That sounds like a fun project. I would personally consider using the windmill to pump water for a water feature like a waterfall or something decorative rather than an aeration system. In my opinion, aeration should be something that is consistent, reliable, and controlled. Wind is none of that (at least not in my neck of the woods). Surely a pump could be retrofit to the base of the mill, at ground level or just below, and used to pump water from the pond to the water feature.

There are plenty of windmill pond aerator vendors out there and it would not be too hard to purchase one of their pump units and retro fit it to your old windmill.

Everything that you describe would require replacing the entire head of the windmill, which I'm trying to avoid.


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