Pipe Fencing - Secondary Pipe vs. Reject Pipe & Oil Field Pipe
I just got off the phone a minute ago with a fella from Tennessee (Hello Sam) inquiring about our pipe and the different types that we carry. Well long story short, we got into a discussion about used oil field pipe versus new pipe
for fencing projects such as roping pens, arenas, working pens, corrals or just fencing in pasture land. Sam had said that years ago he had put up some pipe fence around his place using oil field pipe and that it had held up pretty well. He went on to say that more and more lately the used pipe he was seeing was poorer and poorer quality.
I told him that in
Now, That's not to say that we don't carry drill stem from time to time, I would just say that over 90% of the stuff out there these days is junk. Oil field pipe these days just has too many things going against it. First of all, Time. Touching on what I said earlier, with replacement cost shooting through the roof, the time that this pipe these days stays in the field is getting longer and longer. Secondly, Salt water. Salt water!??? That's right, salt water. Most of the oil wells that are around today are stripper wells. These wells typically produce 9 to 10 times the salt water as they do oil.
Another way of putting it is that if they produce 1 barrel of oil they will produce 9 barrels of salt water. Not to mention the fact that ever so often when the pipe line gets clogged and bogged they run acid down it to clean it out. Last but not least, Rod wear. If you thought your used pipe fence had enough to deal with just being soaked in salt water and acid, you ain't seen nothing yet. When all that salt water and oil is being pumped out of the ground the main link between the horses head on the surface and the pump down at the bottom of the hole is some hardened rods called sucker rods that run up and down inside that pipe. Now, when you buy pipe that has been full of salt water and acid, abrasively rubbed by sucker rod for hours on end and left in the ground as long as possible, what kind of life span can you expect it to have once it's taken up? Now if you get lucky and get some of the 10% that is decent, it has still been exposed to a corrosive environment which will dramatically shorten its lifespan.
New pipe. At Cowboy Pipe and Tube Co. this is our bread and butter. Why new pipe? It will last a lifetime, and that is what a pipe fencing is supposed to do. New pipe is exponentially easier to weld, cut and work with. New pipe fencing will go up in a fraction of the time it will take to put up a similar fence in used pipe, saving you precious time and money on labor. Plus, If you're dealing with a reputable dealer, you know what your paying for before you get it. There is no guessing on what the wall thickness will be, or if the pipe is uniform or not.
New pipe is the safest bet hands down in the pipe fencing world. It lasts longer, holds up better and can be made to suit your needs better than any other fencing on the market. Oh and I almost forgot, when you get it done you have a product that not only will you be proud of, but, you will have invested in something that will add cosmetically and monetarily to your property. Your place just went up significantly in value. One thing to consider when looking for new pipe to build your pipe fencing, is can you get by with new reject or do you need secondary. Often times you can save yourself considerably by buying reject over secondary. If you don't know the difference, I will try and explain it to the best of my knowledge. Secondary, will typically look and act like prime pipe, but may be in a random length, failed to pressure test, or just may be cosmetically flawed. Now, Reject on the other hand, may have windows (cut outs used to check wall thickness), open seams (unwelded), bows, or just could be off spec on outside diameter or wall thickness.
Anywho, depending on your application, be it pastureland, working pens, corral or arenas, the more pressure the livestock are going to be under, the more meat you will need in your fence. Gimme a call and we will work together to cipher through your needs and expectations
to find a solution that will fill your needs. Whew!!! Thats all I have for now, thank you for stopping by. Talk to you later.