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#1 Acorn87

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Posted Yesterday, 10:13 AM

Wondering how others thaw out their sleds from time to time.  Easy with a heated garage.  Unfortunately I do not have one of those or an enclosed trailer.  Only an open carport (super lame).  Thought about rigging up a heavy duty tarp at the entrance and firing up the BigBuddy heater but that still might not be enough heat.  What are your thoughts?



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Posted Yesterday, 10:43 AM

I too have my doubts you would get it warm enough to melt that way. I would try a tarp over the sled held to the ground with wood or whatever, and one of those small ceramic electric box heaters under the tarp too. I’ve also used a hair dryer under the hood and a sled cover to thaw out a frozen engine, just need to be careful where the dryer points.

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Posted Yesterday, 10:57 AM

I'm thinking that you'll be just fine if you can't thaw out your sled. In the past 47 years of owning them, I haven't had the need to thaw one out yet. I'm guessing that it gets just as cold if not colder here in Winnipeg than where you live, so you should be just fine.

 

For me a heated space would be more about my own comfort rather than for the machine. I have mixed feelings about the cooling/thawing cycles that sleds get put through. Some of that is good but some is not. My preference is to not subject a sled to that. Nothing scientific...just my own observation! 

 

Last year I got a price on converting my garage into a heated shop but decided to buy a new sled instead with the money...

 

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Posted Yesterday, 11:23 AM

I thaw mine after every ride, but I've got a heated shop where it lives between outings. I think if your machine has a chance to completely dry out its better than a partial quick heat where moisture is allowed to refreeze

Edited by ProAngler, Yesterday, 11:25 AM.


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Posted Yesterday, 11:41 AM

Mine spend their life in a floor heated shop when we’re not riding but a friend of mine bought one of those small tents metal frame with fitted tarp and zipper ends about 10x6, in a sheltered area in sunshine it got pretty warm, wouldn’t take a big heater to thaw and dry out.

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Posted Yesterday, 11:44 AM

I thaw mine after every ride, but I've got a heated shop where it lives between outings. I think if your machine has a chance to completely dry out its better than a partial quick heat where moisture is allowed to refreeze

That is true enough...A partial thaw / no dry time,  is worse than no thaw at all in my opinion.


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Posted Yesterday, 12:02 PM

cover mine with blankets and leave the very back open and use space heater to blow heat under the flap.  This works the best for me.   

 

I have a kerosene space heater but if you point it at the sled parts get so hot you cannot even touch them.   

 

Had similar problems trying to melt in the trailer.   Skid still full of snow and handlebars and parts on top of sled are too hot to touch



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Posted Yesterday, 12:03 PM

I thaw mine after every ride, but I've got a heated shop where it lives between outings. I think if your machine has a chance to completely dry out its better than a partial quick heat where moisture is allowed to refreeze



I completely agree but I doo like ur idea of making a make shift covering with a strong heater. Those salamanders pump out serious heat and I'd think even if u left the end the salamander is pumping air from u could get it warm enough to melt everything. Only part I don't like is being outside as soon as ur heat source goes away u will have instant cold and freezing again which is less than ideal.

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Posted Yesterday, 12:04 PM

That is true enough...A partial thaw / no dry time,  is worse than no thaw at all in my opinion.

What he said.  If you can't thaw the whole and let it sit in a heated environment until all the moisture and condensation drys up I wouldn't do it.  Partially thawed just moves the moisture around to freeze in a different place.  The only real concern for me is ice build up in the skid that may lock the track or moving parts.  When the ice was real bad I have lifted the rear end and used my ice fishing buddy heater.  Put it back near the track.  The heat rises and it warms the ice enough to break loose and fall free.  Then you can pull the chunks out.  I would then spin the track some to remove water.  Did that a few times in my unheated garage up north when there was a lot of ice buildup after a ride and the skid was packed with slush or snow.  .    


Edited by Nooski, Yesterday, 12:30 PM.


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Posted Yesterday, 12:28 PM

The other thing to consider, if you're fuel level is low at the time you will have condensation in the the tank when you give a cold sled thaw time.

 

At some point, you will need gas line antifreeze for sure.


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Posted Yesterday, 05:00 PM

When we back pack across the state for 3 or 4 days, the sleds set out in the cold all the time. In the morning we lift the back of the sleds and drop it a few times, breaking the ice. Then we back up. That rolls the chunks out the back and off we go. If I didn't have a heated place to put the sled for at least over night, I would leave it out in the cold. In my opinion always cold is better than a partial thaw and then refreeze. I would keep a cover on it to keep the snow, rain and freezing rain off the top surface and controls.


Edited by papa-d, Yesterday, 05:04 PM.

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Posted Yesterday, 11:56 PM

I don't know guys this topic has me worried, leaving a sled out in the cold? I don't think they are meant for that type of abuse.

I keep mine wrapped in electric blankets inside a heated shop, cozy. Then only go out when it's warm, that way I don't need to ever thaw them out.



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Edited by Mill, Yesterday, 11:57 PM.


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Posted Today, 12:40 AM

The key to heating up inside a "tent" type structure is minimize the air leaks.  I had one of those 12' x 20' carport tents.  I used snow to seal the bottom to the ground.  Then used a 50k BTU kerosene space heater.

 

 Last time I did it I was thawing out a car.   It was hovering around -40F outside at the time.  After about an hour running, it was about 60 degrees inside the tent about 3' off the ground.  It was probably 40 degrees at 1-2' off the ground.

 

If I were to thaw out a sled in that, I'd probably throw down a couple pallets to get it off the ground/snow.



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Posted Today, 09:25 AM

Build a box out of 2 inch rigid Styrofoam. Set a space heater in there and done. That mug will get warm fast.

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Posted Today, 10:31 AM

I had my sleds in a 12x20 Shelter Logic for 5 yrs until I got a garage at camp. Pallets with plywood on top of them for floor. 

50k torpedo heater would get it toasty and defrost the sleds as snow sealed the bottom and make it bearable to do maintenance. Thermostat on the heater to maintain temperature. Took awhile to get up to temp. but turned it on and came out later to do stuff so ice would loosen up . 

Sunny days between weekends would melt off most ice without the heater on. It would get to 60 F on zero days after a hour of running the torpedo and bonus of melting off the roof so no raking it off. 


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