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Melting Ice on a Gravel Driveway

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by sday88, Feb 19, 2009.

  1. sday88

    sday88 Member
    Messages: 59

    I have a long, fairly steep gravel driveway. I always salt it and sure enough am left with a mush pit. Is there anything available to melt the ice? I know I could use sand or cinders or whatever for traction, but I want it melted. My wife very nearly totaled her car this year after the tail end kicked out and nailed a tree. It's a pain to have to park at the bottom of a 300 foot driveway and have to walk up and down the driveway, sometimes in the pitch black dark.


  2. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,246

    have it asphalted this summer and the salt will work great.Only thing i can think of.
  3. t.i.b

    t.i.b Senior Member
    Messages: 140

    ive got a gravel drive and the only thing thats worked for me is a torch.
  4. albhb3

    albhb3 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,523

    I guess you could move
  5. ColumbiaLand

    ColumbiaLand Senior Member
    Messages: 790

    Moving? HAHA:gunsfiring:
  6. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    I have used the big water softner salt pellets before and theymelted the ice and didn't leave a muddy mess.
  7. highlander316

    highlander316 Senior Member
    Messages: 583

    after it's salted and becomes slush, you'll have to remove the slush otherwise it'll freeze up again. Your best best would be sand and cinders IMO. Unless you have enough sunny days after each snow event to melt it up.
  8. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,246

    He lives in Ohio. We have an average of 88 sunny days a year:dizzy:. I believe the lowest of all the states. We usually use them all up in the summer months and once winter comes it is just gray out. But hey its ohio and we love it,
  9. highlander316

    highlander316 Senior Member
    Messages: 583

    hahaha, i didn't see his location. That kinda sucks lol.
  10. sday88

    sday88 Member
    Messages: 59

    Thanks for all the replies. I guess I'm stuck with what I got. I don't think I could afford 5-10k on asphalt. It's not really possible to remove the slush after salting because I've got "driving ruts" that are a few inches deep and when I plow it doesn't get down in the ruts. Along with not having many sunny days, my driveway winds through the woods so the trees (even though there are no leaves on them) keep what sun we do get off the driveway. Guess I'll have to invest in some cinders next year.
  11. REAPER

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,230

    Find a concrete/asphalt recycling center. If there is a major road project around your area they may have a portable one set up on site. Go in and ask if you can buy asphalt grindings. it is a real cheap way to take care of your problem.

    It may cost a $1,000 to do your drive but that is dumped on your drive. Then rent a roller. Maybe $200 for the day and pack it down. It wont be complete asphalt but if you roll it out good and keep the real heavy weight off it it works out pretty good. Do this a couple of years and you could start using salt in the winter.
  12. scottL

    scottL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,613

    I have several gravel driveways I plow. 2 drop down hill into a main street. Some snows there is not much of a problem and the ruts and gravel work fine after moving the top layer of snow. In other cases we drop salt - lot's of it for the last 40 feet. It melts just fine and there is heavy tree top coverage.
  13. KGRlandscapeing

    KGRlandscapeing 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,660

    Tell your wife to learn how to drive? And Aaron u make is sound like some dark crappy place to live and to think ill have no skin left due to skin cancer by the time i retire from outdoor work. If u salt it ull have a mess thats the whole reason we let it freeze so it hardens up