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12-21-2004, 04:10 PM
Gee Wally
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Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: HF retirement home
Country: United States
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I was lucky enough to grow up directly across the road from a marshy area.
I'd pput my skates on in my grandma's kitchen , walk out the door, across the road and onto the ice.
The only drawback was that we had to burn down the reeds and plants every October to get good ice. My dad was a firefighter so there was significant scheduling issues.

The last few years I've owned a kit purchased through Sears. Basically a bunch of platic pipe and a liner. Goes together realtively quickly. As long as you get it level there will be about 3 inches thick solid ice. At night I'd fill a few 10 gallon pails with hot water to keep it clean and smooth. Once the snow starts I'd just shovel it up around the sides to make short * boards *.


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