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Old 11-11-2011, 07:47 PM   #1
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Anyone here make a snow melter?

Not talking commerical truck size, and not a snow blower, but something like a heat gun/ hot air fan with some extension?

Have some annoying neighbors and we just seem to throw the same snow at each other over and over lol.

it would be nice to get rid of it once and for all!

also, I have a single stage craftsman gas blower, pull start, works well but any advice on 2 stage ones?

go cheap, like a box store sno tek, or all out like Poulan?


thanks!

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Old 11-12-2011, 04:30 PM   #2
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Never heard of a device to melt it. If you're going for a two stage thrower go for a Ariens or a Honda!

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It seems like a good idea on the surface, but your next problem could very well be that nasty-slick litigation inducing ice that is now covering your driveway, walkway, etc.

At the very least, you would first have to move it someplace safe.
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Old 11-13-2011, 05:45 AM   #4
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I LOVE my Toro. This beast will throw the snow 40+ feet
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:38 AM   #5
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No matter how you slice it, it takes lots of energy (for example expressed as BTU's) to melt snow.

One internet source found via Google gives 144 BTU for one pound of snow (probably fills a 1 gallon container). It also gave about 40 BTU to heat the resulting water (about a pint) to 72 degrees F (from 32 degrees).

Extrapolating and summarizing, we get about 30 BTU needed to get the pound of snow from 0 F to about 31 F, 144 BTU to get it from 31 F to 33 F (and melted) , then the 40 BTU to get from 33 F to 72 F.
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Extrapolating and summarizing, we get about 30 BTU needed to get the pound of snow from 0 F to about 31 F, 144 BTU to get it from 31 F to 33 F (and melted) , then the 40 BTU to get from 33 F to 72 F.
.... and there are 114,000 BTU in a gallon of gasoline. But that is still a lot of energy to melt the snow. And as was pointed out, the water will just re-freeze.

Me, I just shovel it.

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