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#2106104 - 12/17/09 08:44 AM
How Much Ice is Made ....
olbaidhh Offline
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On an average... I know each lake is different with springs, bottom makup letting off heat, wind, local runoff, etc...

But on average if the temps stay below freezing how much ice is made a night or 24 hour period. I think I have read before that in the right conditions it can be an inch a night?
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#2106112 - 12/17/09 08:48 AM
Re: How Much Ice is Made .... [Re: olbaidhh]
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depends on how cold it gets and the amount of snow on the ice. 31 degrees will not make any ice but -10 with no snow can make 1-2inches a night
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#2106123 - 12/17/09 08:52 AM
Re: How Much Ice is Made .... [Re: Bigsandynorth]
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Here is a chart you may have seen. Not sure how accurate it is but it gets a rough estimate anyways. Remember this also doesn't take into effect snow cover on a lake insulating the ice. That many times is a huge player in slowing down ice making.



Edited by Spearing Machine (12/17/09 08:53 AM)
Edit Reason: added more info

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#2106131 - 12/17/09 08:55 AM
Re: How Much Ice is Made .... [Re: Spearing Machine]
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ahh thats the chart. Thanks
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#2106144 - 12/17/09 09:00 AM
Re: How Much Ice is Made .... [Re: olbaidhh]
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an inch a night is a little over the top i think.... think about it.. if an inch of ice was made per night, by february we would have like 75 inches of ice, of 6.25 ft.

like others said, conditions have everything to do with it. is it spring or river fed? is there a dam? how much snow is on the ice? and most importantly, the temp...

lots of factors to consider


Edited by jwmiller33 (12/17/09 09:02 AM)
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#2106167 - 12/17/09 09:10 AM
Re: How Much Ice is Made .... [Re: jwmiller33]
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Originally Posted By: jwmiller33
an inch a night is a little over the top i think.... think about it.. if an inch of ice was made per night, by february we would have like 75 inches of ice, of 6.25 ft.

like others said, conditions have everything to do with it. is it spring or river fed? is there a dam? how much snow is on the ice? and most importantly, the temp...

lots of factors to consider


right... that was my point if the temp is right and the other conditions are good it will but if you look at the chart it tapers off with the more ice that is there... probably even more when you start to consider snow cover, and other factors, that is what i was looking for.
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#2106176 - 12/17/09 09:14 AM
Re: How Much Ice is Made .... [Re: Spearing Machine]
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Hey spearing machine... your from Point... me too.
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#2106178 - 12/17/09 09:14 AM
Re: How Much Ice is Made .... [Re: jwmiller33]
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It depends on how much ice you have to start with. See the chart.

I put my wheel house on 8 inches last weekend where there was no snow. The next day about 26 hours later. I drilled a hole and checked it again (both times with a tape measure) and there was 9 inches. So thats 1 inch in about 1 day with no snow cover and the temps were near 0.

Common sense...ain't all that common anymore!
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#2106182 - 12/17/09 09:16 AM
Re: How Much Ice is Made .... [Re: eyebjim]
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When you hear a "Crack, Boom" We're making ice!
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#2106206 - 12/17/09 09:30 AM
Re: How Much Ice is Made .... [Re: TruthWalleyes]
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Not be sound cocky, but when you hear ice cracking its actually not making ice. Its the ice expanding and contracting and shifting around on the water (think of an ice cube in a tray when you twist the tray to get the cubes loose). But I like to hear the noise and think were makin ice anyways too:)

Hey olbaidhh!! Yea going to school here and finally heading home after a 245 final today. Its been a long, brutal semester and its time to relieve a lot of stress and spend the next 6 weeks living in the ice house.

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#2106218 - 12/17/09 09:40 AM
Re: How Much Ice is Made .... [Re: Spearing Machine]
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Spear machine, why do you think the ice is moving around, because new ice is forming and expanding...this is why you here the big noises, essetially its because new ice is forming.
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#2106223 - 12/17/09 09:44 AM
Re: How Much Ice is Made .... [Re: Bigsandynorth]
Spearing Machine Offline
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Yea I guess I worded that funny...it is making ice...Sorry didnt mean to cause harm.

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#2106229 - 12/17/09 09:48 AM
Re: How Much Ice is Made .... [Re: Spearing Machine]
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Wish I was still in school to have time off like that, miss those days! Have fun
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#2106267 - 12/17/09 10:10 AM
Re: How Much Ice is Made .... [Re: Spearing Machine]
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Originally Posted By: Spearing Machine
Not be sound cocky, but when you hear ice cracking its actually not making ice. Its the ice expanding and contracting and shifting around on the water (think of an ice cube in a tray when you twist the tray to get the cubes loose). But I like to hear the noise and think were makin ice anyways too:)


"Ready, Fire, Aim"...or maybe "think before you speak"


Edited by TruthWalleyes (12/17/09 10:15 AM)
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#2106276 - 12/17/09 10:16 AM
Re: How Much Ice is Made .... [Re: TruthWalleyes]
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A week ago on Monday I mesaured the ice in front of my house. (South Turtle Lake, Ottertail County) It was 2.25 inches. On Tuesday, it was at 3.5. I worked Wednesday and Thursday, then checked it again on Friday morning. It was at 7 inches.

Temps were running 0-5 below at night, and single digits to teens above during the days. This was with near zero snow cover.

Caught in the jaws of life, I found myself, chewed up like everyone else. Made no difference who I was, or what I thought, I still got caught in the jaws of life.

James McMurtry

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