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Cold weather liquid options

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Gr8WhiteNorth, Feb 1, 2014.

  1. Gr8WhiteNorth

    Gr8WhiteNorth Senior Member
    Messages: 227

    I'm new to liquid apps and have become frustrated with the cold weather we are having here in Manitoba, Canada. The brine I make is 90/10 salt to calcium. It works until about -12'c (10'f), but lately our temps have reached -20c to -30c (-4'f to -22'f).

    What can I add to make liquid an option in these extreme temps? And where can I purchase?

  2. Chineau

    Chineau Senior Member
    Messages: 447

    Ok I will watch this thread for the learning.
    And hello to the southerner.
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2014
  3. CowboysLC_DE

    CowboysLC_DE Senior Member
    Messages: 177

    I think there is a dow flake that can be added but I don't recall specifics. It has been posted before.
  4. Kubota 8540

    Kubota 8540 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,963

    If you are mixing 90% salt brine and 10% calcium chloride, simply add more calcium chloride. We have been having very cold temps and extremely dry snows also.

    It Can take as much as 50% more liquid volume, although I think 25% more is a better description. At 70/30 in a very short time the chlorides will need to be agitated. I have been using my 90/10 at -17F but I added more cal chloride.
  5. Kubota 8540

    Kubota 8540 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,963

    I have repeated many times at +5F I change and spray straight calcium chloride. But this last cold weather event, -17F up to +5F I tried adding more calcium chloride to my 90/10 and I had full melts at -17F. Trying to make my 90/10 go further and it worked very well.
  6. Gr8WhiteNorth

    Gr8WhiteNorth Senior Member
    Messages: 227

    Where can I get bulk calcium chloride? We currently get it by the bag and it's pricey
  7. Gr8WhiteNorth

    Gr8WhiteNorth Senior Member
    Messages: 227

    And hi there up north chineau
  8. szorno

    szorno Senior Member
    Messages: 308

    Get with Tiger Calcium in Edmonton Alberta. They have a couple varieties of liquid calcium chloride that should do the job. www.tigercalcium.com Good folks too. I know they support Manitoba.