Most people hate ice storms, I think they are great as they always add base to my ice, as long as I have it shoveled clean before the ice rain hits.
I don't use hot water because my ice is absolutely perfect with the water straight from the well. The added cost/hassle of installing another spigot outside for hot water and running my hot water tank dry on my 2400 sq ft rink every time I flooded wasn't something that I wanted to entertain. Also, I wasn't about explain to my wife why our hydro bill is through the roof and she can't take a hot shower because I used hot water to make my ice look good. Honestly, I have yet to hear enough merits of flooding with hot water over cold water to make me even want to try it. Heck, I don't even see the point in using a towel when resurfacing. A good shovel, a rink rake and the ability to somewhat walk a straight line has done me well during my ODR career. ;-)
Making Backyard Rinks from 1999-2015
Twitter: @kevmac_5 or @macisaac_odr
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