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Melting Ice on a pond

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by ArTurf, Jan 22, 2015.

  1. ArTurf

    ArTurf Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    What would be a good product to melt a hole in ice on water with minimal harmful environmental effects? I was thinking along the line of a liquid product sprayed out of a backpack. I'm new to ice BTW.
     
  2. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,501

    Ice auger.
     
  3. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,853

    Ice auger.
     
  4. Brake the ice is the only way
     
  5. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,659

    Just don't brake the ice auger. You won't get far
     
  6. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,445

    A auger or salt are options

    Use a chain saw to cut a hole in the ice
    5'x5'. And drop in a bubbler for aerating ponds for fish and fowl
    They also use them to keep water open around boats.


    This will keep a large area. Open
     
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2015
  7. ArTurf

    ArTurf Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    I need the hole larger than an ice auger. I've seen the circulating devices but they require a power source which would not be available.

    Any other ideas? The liquid ice melt products wouldn't work?
     
  8. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,157

    Chainsaw...
     
  9. Sprag-O

    Sprag-O Senior Member
    Messages: 220

  10. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,501

    How thick is the ice in Arkansas this year anyways?

    What exactly are you trying to accomplish?
     
  11. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,873

    Salt+fresh water doesn't seem like a good idea. Get all the government goons rialed up.

    Cutting it out is about all you can do in my opinion.
     
  12. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,445

    then you get a longer extension cord, a generator
    or go solar with a battery.


    or your going crazy every few days cutting ice.
    and cutting thin ice can be a sinking proposition.

    or get a Govt surpluse icebreaker and drive it around your pond
     
  13. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,445

    January

    average maximum temperature 50
    average minimum temperature 33

    February

    average maximum temperature 54
    average minimum temperature 35

    how thick could it be?

    a bubblier would only need to run over night by the looks of your balmy temps.
     
  14. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,853

    Build a fire on the ice?

    Hair dryers?

    Torpedo heaters?

    20 gallons of kerosene?

    Pallets on fire?

    Hovering helicopter?

    Napalm?

    Harrier jet?

    I have lots more.
     
  15. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,445

    Your conventional fire may go out, better use Thermite
     
  16. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,853

    But then he would have his hole.

    White phosphorous?
     
  17. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,853

    C4 would create a hole in the ice.
     
  18. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,501

    Need to think out side the box Archimedes death ray is needed here
     
  19. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,853

    I thought I was...............until you jumped in. :laughing::laughing::laughing:
     
  20. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,445

    A wood boiler or geo thermal
    flood the pond ice with hot water.


    or a
    A parabolic reflector.