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propane torch for ice spots

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by larrylaverne, Nov 30, 2009.

  1. larrylaverne

    larrylaverne Member
    from ill.
    Messages: 46

    does any one use a small torch setup to spot melt the ice on resident steps/sidewalks in place of salt etc. is there any good products out there?
     
  2. TCLA

    TCLA 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,699

    We use them only on wooden decks. :rolleyes:
     
  3. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 5,988

    WTF? do you plan on totally evaporating the water to? Its just going to re-freeze after you melt it.... How much time to you have on your hands? $0.20 of ice melt is not gonna end the world....
     
  4. JoeCool

    JoeCool Senior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 214

    Also if you spot heat concrete too much you will find that when it expands enough it will pop... explode and now you have a crater that a customer will not be too happy about.
     
  5. Italiano67

    Italiano67 Senior Member
    Messages: 640

    LOL! my sentiments exaxctly.
     
  6. dlcs

    dlcs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,149

    Yeah, we do it.:rolleyes:


    But the trick is you have to mop it up real quick or use a squegee or it will refreeze quickly. :laughing::laughing:
     
  7. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    I want to be your propane dealer.....lol
     
  8. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,868

    Lemme guess, you build decks in the summer? :laughing::laughing::laughing:
     
  9. Matson Snow

    Matson Snow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,985

    Another form of ice melting..Im waiting for illplowyou and his thoughts...Cant wait..:waving:
     
  10. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,868

    Dang, dang, dang DANG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Why didn't I think of that??????????????????? :realmad: :realmad: :realmad:
     
  11. whit16

    whit16 Junior Member
    from 08820
    Messages: 22

    I wish...

    I wouldnt need to spend so much @ Walmart replacing my hardened up pants and boots....dam calcium chloride! and thats just from pelletized!!!!:realmad:
     
  12. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    I have a feeling we won't see him again.

    That's to bad to, I could use a good laugh. :laughing:
     
  13. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    I use a torch to melt the ice, then a cordless wet vac to pull up the water.
     
  14. Bajak

    Bajak Senior Member
    Messages: 999

    I find the flame is infective @ 20 degrees.
     
  15. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    :laughing::dizzy::laughing:
     
  16. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    You have to switch to MAPP at that temp. Then Oxy-Acetylene below zero. It's all on the wrapper if you guys would take the time to read........
     
  17. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    You are so smart Palmer.:nod:
     
  18. Bajak

    Bajak Senior Member
    Messages: 999

    Well Palmer, While you have your wet vac out, why wouldn't you add some Ca/Cl and make your own brine?
     
  19. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    I thought the idea was to AVOID using expensive rock salt, let alone the 'heavy doody" stuff.....
     
  20. Bajak

    Bajak Senior Member
    Messages: 999

    OOOH. Thanks for answering my question.:D