Thinking about researching stock tank pools and maybe even DIY-ing one this summer? Well, you have good taste, my friend.


Country living is all about finding fun, creative ways to use things other people might not even think about. In a hot summer when all you can stare at is your large backyard, wouldn’t you want to build yourself a swimming pool to squelch the oppressive heat?


But let’s face it – most of us don’t have the dollars on hand, the space, or the energy to start digging up our backyard for an in-ground pool.


Well, that’s where stock tank pools come in. A stock tank hot tub or pool is your coolest alternative to an in-ground backyard pool.


It’s the good ol’ redneck solutions to hot weather, and if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you should read the rest of this article.


These are metal tanks originally built for homestead living as a water system for plants and livestock. We use them for our horses!


But clever people out there in the world (way more clever than I!) have found a way to make use of these waterers….and they’ve become the mason jars of backyard pools.


They are sturdy, affordable, and highly Instagram-able. If you are curious enough about how to build one, check out some ideas below to help get you started.


How to craft a stock tank pool

You should first buy or find a galvanized tank 8-foot in diameter and about 2 feet deep. It’s big enough for one person to submerge into and float away.


Next, you’ll need to figure out where to put it! This might sound easy, but filling up a large volume of water and maintaining it is a pretty tedious job. (Ask me how I know!)


Hence, one of the best stock tank pool ideas is to permanently place it on a spot close to a water source.


From there, you can either hang a hose over to the side to fill it up or you can drill holes and use a small pump to keep the water moving.


One pressing issue in using these tanks as pools is keeping the water clean and something you’d want to swim in. Regularly skimming the surface with a net can work well (albeit with more effort) as a pump filtration system.


You can also use a pool vacuum to remove dirt and build-up from the bottom of the tank. Chlorine tabs are common however, experts say that using a chlorine float works better to prevent rust and corrosion.

Adding features to stock tank pools

So you now have a mini-pond in your backyard. What’s next? Engross yourself in a hands-on DIY project to add decks or other features.


Do you find still water boring? Create a cascading waterfall. Building a wooden floor also creates that rustic touch we all want for our country homes.


Some other design ideas are:

  • Adding a deck
  • Placing large landscaping stones around the tank as a pathway
  • Add solar powered lights around the pool (great for a night swim).
  • Hang canopies to ward off mosquitoes, or add battery powered diffusers for citronella essential oil.

What to do when the weather turns cold?

You can leave your stock tank pools outside (they ARE designed for year-round use as livestock waterers), or dismantle the entire pool and bring it indoors to a shed or garage.


Another idea is to bring it indoors and have yourself a stock tank hot tub (just be sure your house can handle the amount of water inside.)

Getting your own backyard pool has never been easy. With a galvanized tank, a small pump, and some tubing, you can enjoy a dip in the water any day this summer. Stock tank pools are a hit, don’t you think?


Maat van Uitert is a backyard chicken and sustainable living expert. She is also the author of Chickens: Naturally Raising A Sustainable Flock, which was a best seller in it’s Amazon category.  Maat has been featured on NBC, CBS, AOL Finance, Community Chickens, the Huffington Post, Chickens magazine, Backyard Poultry, and Countryside Magazine. She lives on her farm in Southeast Missouri with her husband, two children, and about a million chickens and ducks. You can follow Maat on Facebook here and Instagram here.

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  1. If you happen to live as I do where summer temps go well over a hundred and stay there for days on end, you might think twice about a metal swimming pool. If you are able to put it in an area that has shade it might be ok otherwise ouch!

  2. What a great idea! If placed near the water hose and by the garden it can be emptied periodically if there is a spigot on it (some have them) that can be run by hose into the garden watering system. I like the potential! A two for one deal… 🙂

  3. I have a black rubber stock tank in my barn that is plumbed with hot and cold water. I love soaking in it with a bath bomb. It’s relaxing and I can listen to all my baby hatchlings, from quail to my ducks.
    Only a farmer… Highly recommend doing this!

  4. My husband and I were doing this on our farm long before it was the “in” thing. We keep one stock tanks flipped over and set aside for colling off on those hot days after a hard days work on the farm.

    The best thing ever.

  5. Yeah and I also saw a funny video where a few guys had put a a tarp in the “”bed of their truck and used it as a “Pool”. Though tit was kind of fun. haha My sister and I used to help drive trucks for my Uncle during Wheat Harvest. And we would fill up the stock tank to sit in. Felt sooo nice, cuz it was sooo hot.

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