Our young poultry are drinking a lot of water these days and I needed some more drinkers. So I grabbed a couple of giant tin cans that I had saved, which appear to be nearly a gallon in size. I had bought giant cans of diced tomatoes at Costco a couple of times and the cans were so big I couldn't bear to throw them in the recycling bin. I just knew I would find a use for them. If you don't have any giant tin cans laying around (what, you don't make spaghetti for 25 people?) you can ask for extras at restaurants.
Now I needed a base for each can. I stopped at Goodwill and looked for pie pans bigger than my tin cans. They didn't have any pie pans but I found three shiny metal pans that look exactly like my dog's water dish but shallower. (They look almost just like a pie pan but the metal is different.) They were $1.99 each so I bought all three.
|My old tin cans and two shiny dog dishes/pie plates|
|It doesn't have to be pretty.|
Done. That's it. Nothing needs to be done to secure the tin can to the base. I just fill the tin with water, slap the pie pan on top of it, then carefully invert the whole business quickly so the water doesn't slosh out. The water dribbles out of the hole in the can and fills the "ring" created by the pie pan. The level of the water in the pan is determined by how high up you placed the hole on the side of the tin can.
|The finished product.|