I have designed a cement feeder for hogs, for my hobby sized farm. It is generally based around a professional one we already had.
I have planned on different parts of it being 2 inch, 1.5 inch, and 1 inch, depending on how accessible the part is to the animals. Most of these parts will be board shaped and about 4 feet long, but there's also a box part with open top and bottom.
But I am out of my depth for choosing the materials.
There are different types of cement, and (I assume) different sizes of reinforcing rod. Also, there is the question of adding filler gravel or not. I think in general that adding gravel would be bad for the thin 1 inch stuff, but would work alright in the 2 inch at least.
- Are there specific types of cement you want to stay away from, or use specifically for delicate cement "furniture"?
- What size of rod do you use for thin cement boards?
- Is gravel filler something you do not want in thin cement?
Note: I am planning on pouring this cement myself in custom built frames.