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How can I melt a lot of snow quickly?

At work, I've got a mound of snow piled up about eight feet high and it's right over a staff member's parking spot.  The sun is helping to melt it and I began to shovel a little bit out each day, but I was wondering if there were any other handy tricks to melt it quickly.

I can't use fire and I don't have enough salt.

Any ideas?


Re-design4 years ago
If the temp is above freezing, spray it with water from a water hose.  As long as it can drain off before freezing it won't cause a problem and will melt the snow.
mseba2 years ago
it depends, anyways salt doesn't work that well .... if you have just enough sun you can spred it , put ash over it(because its a dark color) and cover it with a big transparent plastic foil..
the second solution is to drill a hole in a metal barrel almost at the top and make a fire underneath it then just put snow until the water melted starts to run over the hole at the top its smart to hook a hose to the hole to make the water drain away from the fire..

i think i will make a inscrutable with the last one because i will make it tomorrow
mseba mseba2 years ago
yep dne it my snow was gone using the fire under the barrel method i still smel at smoke and it was slow but it worked ...
LoneWolf4 years ago
Flamethrower :)
kcls LoneWolf4 years ago
Most definitely :)
LoneWolf kcls4 years ago
Yeah...........and then the Bazooka for the high drifts :)
kcls LoneWolf4 years ago
lol
jeff-o4 years ago
What's your budget?  Hire a snow removal contractor to haul it away.
 Umm if there are no cars around throw peleted salt down you can buy a 40lbs  bag at your local home and improvement store most likely. its about $5 USD a bag.www.lowes.com/SearchCatalogDisplay
kcls4 years ago
Hair dryer, with a really long extension cord?
spreading it out like you're doing helps a lot.  Maybe you can have car exhaust blow on it?  maybe wire up a stove element some how and just leave it ontop?