Floor ideas - popup/hub style ice house?

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Floor ideas - popup/hub style ice house?

I got a Clam thermal popup ice house. Need to do something to cover the ice. Want something that will keep out the cold but is also portable and I can pull in a sled with the rest of my fishing gear. Any bright ideas/suggestions?

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Covering the ice sounds like a big mess to me.  The covering ends up wet and portability becomes a big problem.  Sorry for being negative but I try to limit the crap I carry around as much as possible.

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3/4" plywood 24-30" wide and about 36" long with a hole cut in one end for a 5gal bucket.  Put the bucket in the hold and set your feed 3/4" up off of the ice/snow.  4 of them would be 6" thick and stack up pretty straight.  Might could work pretty good to help pack stuff more squarely in your sled.

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Something 1/2 to 1 inch thick that has some insulating properties but is also strong enough to stand on and rigid and durable would be nice. Any other materials that would work for this that you guys can think of? 3/4 plywood is so darn heavy...

I read some guy just took marine carpet and put that directly on the ice but I dont think that would insulate much and may also stick bad, has anyone tried this?

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Rigid foam insulation with 1/8 ply glued to it??  May work, comes in 2ft wide peices,  would be managable and lite.  Or glue carpet directly to the foam and lose the wood.

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Maybe some 1/4" plywood peices with some reflective insulation on the top.  It's amazing how much brighter that stuff makes an icehouse.  Pards coated the interior of their permanent icehouse with this stuff and it's insulation value is amazing, as well has how bright it keeps the inside of the house.

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How about rubber mats like used in the back of pickups?  Could be a bugger with ice buildup, but somewhat insulating and skid free if not iced up.  Heavy but managable.

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I got just what you need, will get you more info. later today and pictures.

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Sounds good, thanks for the ideas guys!

While were on the topic, I also am going to buy a new sled for hauling my gear. Looking at the Otter brand, having a tough time picking between the medium and the magnum. Will be pulling with both my ATV and by hand sometimes. Magnum wont fit in my pickup box with the tailgate up but it would fit nicely strapped in with the tailgate down. Not sure if the extra room is necessary or not. What do you think?

Here is a link to the sleds they offer... www.otteroutdoors.com/ottersleds.html

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If you live in fargo, go to SpaceAge Synthetics.  It is located west of interstate behind pipe company and UPS area on 12th.  They make a board that is used to cover every major hockey arena in the US and Canada for non hockey events.  It is about one inch thick and weights nothing.  It will insulate against the ice and not take on any water.  When I worked there in college they let me take some for nothing as it cost them money to dispose of it at the landfill.  They may let you take some scrape for little to nothing if you do a little talking.  I no longer have a contact as then engineer I worked with is in Jamestown now. 

http://www.spaceagesynthetics.com/

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If you can't get leftovers it is very expensive stuff.

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you can buy those foam/rubber  "big puzzle-piece"  squares for a reasonable price.    will stack and fit in your sled and not weigh a ton.

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Where do you get the foam squares? Menards? That thermo-lite stuff sounds great.

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We always used old truck bed mats from the junkyard, cut them to fit the sled.  Not to big of a deal if they get wet, as the water ran off, and what stayed on when rolled released as ice when unrolled.  Only bad thing is that it is kind of heavy.

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