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Ice castle and hole slush

by , Posted to on 12/22/2011 08:12 AM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/12/2003
Location: ND
 Hey guys I used my new ice castle for the first time today and plan to go out again in two days. I placed a chunk of 2x4 under each corner so house is up off ice a little. But when we start drilling through 20 inches or more of ice that slush will be coming up onto the floor of the ice house. What useful tips does anyone have for me. I could maybe crank it up a little on its wheels or drill have of the hole and clean it out then drill the rest. I already have the house banked with snow/ice mix. So I am a little concerned if I crank it up and drill it may not rest back downin the same spot. Afraid it may rest back down on some ice hump or slush chunks and be out of whack. Thanks guys for any help.
Re: Ice castle and hole slush
by on 12/22/2011 08:18 AM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 08/12/2003
Location: ND
 You need:

A very large slush scoop

A 5gallon bucket to scoop the slush into.


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Re: Ice castle and hole slush
by on 12/22/2011 08:27 AM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/27/2009
Location: ND
What if you cut the bottom out of a 5gal bucket and placed that on the ice and then put your auger through it. Wouldn't that contain most of the slush?

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Re: Ice castle and hole slush
by on 12/22/2011 08:29 AM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 08/12/2003
Location: ND
 
garretts Said:
What if you cut the bottom out of a 5gal bucket and placed that on the ice and then put your auger through it. Wouldn't that contain most of the slush?
No.

Why yes indeed I can walk on water..............but I do stagger on alcohol.

Re: Ice castle and hole slush
by on 12/22/2011 08:37 AM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/26/2011
Location: nd
Google catch cover auger slush bucket. 


Re: Ice castle and hole slush
by on 12/22/2011 08:38 AM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/27/2009
Location: ND
Horsager Said:
 
garretts Said:
What if you cut the bottom out of a 5gal bucket and placed that on the ice and then put your auger through it. Wouldn't that contain most of the slush?
No.

Does it still just fly out the top?

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Re: Ice castle and hole slush
by on 12/22/2011 08:40 AM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/22/2005
Location: ND
http://store.catchcover.com/categories/Slush-Bucket/               


try this
Re: Ice castle and hole slush
by on 12/22/2011 08:47 AM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/25/2007
Location: ND
I usually put the front end mostly down and keep the back end of the house up.  Drill your holes and lower the house.  Works good in the beginning of the season, but as ice gets thicker, it doesn't work as well.  I think I am going to get one of those slush buckets to use in the late season and re-drilling of holes.
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by on 12/22/2011 08:51 AM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/08/2003
Location: ND
Keep the house off the ice when drilling holes, after drilling grab shovel and sweep the underside of the house then sit the house down, this will keep the majority out of the house, then your just cleaning a hole like normal. If however the ice gets really thick, you may need to add an extension to your auger.
 

Good Luck and Good Fishin'

Eric T


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by on 12/22/2011 08:52 AM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 08/12/2003
Location: ND
 
garretts Said:
Horsager Said:
 
garretts Said:
What if you cut the bottom out of a 5gal bucket and placed that on the ice and then put your auger through it. Wouldn't that contain most of the slush?
No.

Does it still just fly out the top?

Yep, the auger flite takes up most of the room inside the bucket which leaves little room for the slush, so over the top it comes.

Why yes indeed I can walk on water..............but I do stagger on alcohol.

Re: Ice castle and hole slush
by on 12/22/2011 09:01 AM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/10/2006
Location: ND
i as well have an ice castle and cant stand a wet smelly ice house.  so i did a couple things.  1st is i ripped all the carpet out of mine and then coated the entire floor with garage floor epoxy.  now any ice or water that is on the floor does not soak in an i can use a small widow squeegee and get i all back in the hole so i can scoop it out.  i now never have a wet house floor.  now for drilling what i did is i went to Mills Fleet farm and got a masonry mixing tub, any type of tote would work.  I then put it over the hole and traced the hole in the floor on the tub and cut it out.  now before i drill i put the tub down first and drill through the hole in the bottom of it.  Now all the ice shavings land in the tub and when through the ice i pull the auger and then throw the shavings outside.  im left with a perfectly dry floor.  Now you can go to mills and get their  "catch cover ice auter slush bucket" for 52.99 or get the tub like i did for about $5.  works the same.
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by on 12/22/2011 09:02 AM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/22/2011
Location: ND
Scheels has a slush catcher that they sell just for this, it will capture a majority of the slush you will still get some on the walls and on the carpet. Have considered getting one for my house, but I do not leave mine out permanent so I drill my holes with the house about 6-8" off the ice to help reduce slush/ice in the house. I also keep a small shovel in the house to get rid of slush/ice that gets in. The furnace will dry the carpet out in no time, I could fish barefoot if I wanted to in about an hour. hope this helps
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by on 12/22/2011 09:08 AM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/18/2004
Location: ND
icefreak Said:
i as well have an ice castle and cant stand a wet smelly ice house.  so i did a couple things.  1st is i ripped all the carpet out of mine and then coated the entire floor with garage floor epoxy.  now any ice or water that is on the floor does not soak in an i can use a small widow squeegee and get i all back in the hole so i can scoop it out.  i now never have a wet house floor.  now for drilling what i did is i went to Mills Fleet farm and got a masonry mixing tub, any type of tote would work.  I then put it over the hole and traced the hole in the floor on the tub and cut it out.  now before i drill i put the tub down first and drill through the hole in the bottom of it.  Now all the ice shavings land in the tub and when through the ice i pull the auger and then throw the shavings outside.  im left with a perfectly dry floor.  Now you can go to mills and get their  "catch cover ice auter slush bucket" for 52.99 or get the tub like i did for about $5.  works the same.
Great advice and awesome looking house.


LINDY FISHING



Re: Ice castle and hole slush
by on 12/22/2011 10:52 AM | Reply #13 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/31/2009
Location: ND
Scheels or Cabals sell a black plastic deal for this exact purpose.  Place the trough over the hole and drill.  All the shavings collect in the trough.  Then you just dump it out of the house.  It is a pretty slick deal. 
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by on 12/22/2011 10:47 PM | Reply #14 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/12/2003
Location: ND
 Thanks guys I have seen the slush bucket/tub by catch cover. And it is expensive but more than the price I hate how large it is. I don't need more crap. Thanks for all the suggestions.

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by on 12/23/2011 07:25 AM | Reply #15 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/06/2002
Location: ND
Going to a slower turning auger is another option. Friends have done this and it helps a good deal. But short of catching the water and ice chips there is not a lot to do but crank up the heat with a fan after the fact and dry it out!
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by on 12/23/2011 07:45 AM | Reply #16 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/17/2004
Location: ND
Nice to hear I'm not the only one who hates a dirty house! Still think I'm a little OC but I mark the holes, pull forward, drill and clean the area/holes, then back up and drop it down. Doesn't take me any longer, no gas smell, no unlevel ground under the house etc. Took me awhile to know where the house needs to be to hit the holes the second time but I know my house well enough after so long that I rarely miss it.
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by on 12/23/2011 07:53 AM | Reply #17 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 08/02/2010
Location: SD
On my Castle I lay a 2x4 frame work around to set the house frame on so it doesn't freeze down . This leaves a 4" gap under the house . I use an electric auger so it's slow enough it doesn't throw water and ice all over the place and no smoke. I just shove all the ice shavings under the shack. Got started doing this because of the dang muskrats crawling around under the shack all night . That's quite a treat to wake up at  2 in the morning with 2 torqued off rats fighting it out in the "basement " when your on the ice.




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by on 12/23/2011 10:26 AM | Reply #18 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/18/2009
Location: ND
 Another option is buying an electric auger.  They hook up to your marine battery via clamps and it turns slow, but has the torque you want.  

My uncle has been used his for years and now my brother has it.  You don't have to worry about slush going all over the place.   It stays at the icehouse and does well for drilling the same hole from the week prior.
 
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by on 12/23/2011 10:41 AM | Reply #19 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/14/2003
Location: ND
Buddy likes to keep house up and then drill.  Just get extension.

Having the slush around the holes as you set the house helps seal up the holes nicely.

For slush, either old school or I think if I had a house I'd get this:

http://strikemaster.com/store/icefish_accessories/slushmaster.html#




 
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by on 12/23/2011 11:26 AM | Reply #20 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
http://www.cabelas.com/product/Slush-Inhales/1148141.uts?Ntk=AllProducts&searchPath=%2Fcatalog%2Fsearch.cmd%3Fform_state%3DsearchForm%26N%3D0%26fsch%3Dtrue%26Ntk%3DAllProducts%26Ntt%3Dice%2Bhole%26WTz_l%3DHeader%253BSearch-All%2BProducts&Ntt=ice+hole&WTz_l=Header%3BSearch-All+Products

we have got one of these for our permanent.  drill nice and slow;  push what makes it onto the floor back in the hole w/ a broom, shovel or squeegee; insert above product; dump into five gallon bucket; open door; throw slush outside; rinse and repeat as necessary. 

if you are leaving your house in one spot for a while, make sure and toss the pile of slush away from the door.  after a long winter, the mound can get big and a little treacherous once the ice fishing beverage of choice kicks in.  also... once the ice gets thick, expect that it might take close to a five gallon bucket of slush for just a couple of holes. 
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