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Frozen Sand Piles

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by rocksaranac, Aug 23, 2009.

  1. rocksaranac

    rocksaranac Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    Thinking of doing our own salting and sanding. For keeping bulk sand, how do you keep your sand piles from freezing?
  2. Bajak

    Bajak Senior Member
    Messages: 999

    Keep it dry and supplement with
    salt-shaker.jpg :D

  3. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Yup, what he said. It doesn't take much salt to keep it from freezing up, especially if it's well protected. I have gone as little as 8 to one with no problem.

    Do some searching, or read through the ice management forum.
  4. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    Mix with salt and keep the pile covered.Doesn't take much salt - I think mine was about 1:10.
  5. AiRhed

    AiRhed Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    Sometimes for masonry work, if the pile is frozen, we've shoved some metal culvert into the pile with a propane torch like the weed dragon shoved up it. Thaws the sand and dries it too.
  6. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    If the pile is already frozen try breaking it up with a loader and then throw some salt on it.