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Hurry if yer filling an icehouse
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deadcarp    Posted 01-25-2005 at 22:59:57       [Reply]  [No Email]

ice tools --- it's about time for our january thaw. in late jan or early feb, we get a week or 2 near 50 degrees. you can still make ice for an ice house after that but get busy. the best ice should be cut/stacked/sawdusted in december, if it's stacked colder it lasts better. for example a 10-ft shaded ice block with 3 ft of sawdust insulation will keep your cream cans cool til next november. :)
This is a horse-drawn ice cutter - they were used to cut & harvest ice before the days of refrigeration - it cuts deep grooves in lake ice and once the criss-crossed grooves are ready, the men used hand-held ice saws to punch thru, gathered and hauled the blocks to the ice-house where they're covered with sawdust and used to cool persishables all summer.

screaminghollow    Posted 01-26-2005 at 11:24:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's either a fairly small draft horse or a real tall person at the reins.

Patria    Posted 01-26-2005 at 06:27:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey dc, I had been looking for these pics not too long ago; you had post them last winter.

Really awesome.

Now keep warm!

Fern(Mi)    Posted 01-26-2005 at 05:11:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Magnificent Horse.
I remember reading weekly river ice reports in old 1800’s papers. When the thickness was right the town’s Winter economy picked up with extra help hired to harvest, haul and pack the next Summer‘s ice requirements.

Doc    Posted 01-26-2005 at 06:05:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
We already got all ours in around here. Only had one fella fall in. He's ok, but I think he's still shiverin' a month after.

LuketheDrifter    Posted 01-25-2005 at 23:28:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
hmmm very interesting is it worth the trouble I wonder?

Bob/Ont    Posted 01-26-2005 at 05:02:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
It was when people didn't have a refrigerator or electricity to plug it into Luke. DC, doesn't have to get his ice this way now. Aswell as having a computer he also has ICE on Tap in his house. Don't know where he pipes it in from but he has it anyway.
Later Bob

seahag    Posted 01-26-2005 at 06:22:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was six years old when this was done the last time at the farm where dad grew up. My uncle still used the ice house for his milk cheese butter etc cause Grandma didnt like the expense of electicity...I remember the horses ...

Bob/Ont    Posted 01-26-2005 at 10:42:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
What would Grandma think if she saw an electricity bill today?
Later Bob

toolman    Posted 01-26-2005 at 11:48:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
i duunno what gramma would think about here bill but i know what i think about last months gas bill 280 bucks for a month and that wasn,t the coldest one,thinking i needs more magnets on the meter.

Bob/Ont    Posted 01-26-2005 at 12:56:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
You have your furnace hooked up to the line on the wrong side of the meter Toolman.
Later Bob

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