from Backyard Ice Rink Info
of The Old Fashion Backard Ice Rink With No Liner and No Boards
this backyard ice rink can provide many hours of excellent
family activity and provide a facility in your own backyard
for improving hockey skills and figure skating routines,
it is much more difficult, labor intensive, and the surface
takes longer to become perfect. However, it is cost effective
and a viable option to the liner rink we love. The following
is a time proven technique, if you have the weather to
support this concept.
building up of the base for your backyard ice rink can be accomplished
in a variety of ways. The base is important because it
is the support for the ice surface and allows the luxury
of escaping occasional thaws. There are several ways to
build a base as follows.
your law before your first snowfall but after several
frosts so the grass is reasonably short (perhaps shorter
than your usual summer mowing).
there are several days of cold weather in the forecast
(below freezing), it is a good time to consider construction
of the backyard ice rink. Remember that if these days are unseasonably
cold wait. The worst scenario is to start building the
rink and have it melt due to warm weather.
more level your yard the better so pick the most flar area for your backyard ice rink site. Use a lawn sprinkler to saturate
the entire rink or make slush section by section smoothing as you go. The object here is to not have enough water it melts your snow and create slush everywhere. This is the foundation for your non liner back yard rink. If after you wish to admire your budding creation from inside a sprinkler has been used. Keep your eye on it. (move the sprinkler if necessary). The
colder the weather the better, this will cause the water
to freeze soon after hitting the ground. After the water
soaks into the ground let it freeze and re sprinkle.
This process will need to be repeated many times.
pooling water or slush / snow to fill any low areas of your backyard ice rink with
a flat backed shovel to smooth off the top. The slush
/ snow patches may need to be left to freeze, then repeat
the sprinkler process afterwards.
cold water to spray a heavy second layer of water to
form a solid second layer.
with a fine to medium spray for several nights.
there is snowfall during this time, utilize it by shovelling
the snow to the sides of the rink making 6" banks.
Afterwards spray the banks with a fine mist (these banks
will contain water for following floods, but will not
be too high for children to hurt themselves.
is still to be used to fill any low areas.
you are building your backyard ice rink after snow has fallen, it
is not necessary to remove the snow (unless there is
more than 3"). Utilize the snow by misting a medium
spray from the hose. Saturate the snow to a point of
slush but do not over saturate, as the snow will run
away in a melted mess. Allow to freeze and medium spray
again repeat #4.
by chance the weather warms during the process the whole
entire procedure may have to be repeated (this is why
the new backyard ice rinks with liner and boards is favoured).
it snows lightly while building the base, the snow helps
make the base thicker. However, building the base during
a snowstorm is not advisable.
of now your backyard ice rink building adventure is coming to fruition.
You will soon be able to use warm/hot water to achieve a nice
finish, making the rink super smooth. This is done by
using warm/hot water on the backyard ice rink surface. This causes all the
uneven bumps and high areas to melt, at the same time
filling gaps and holes and giving the outdoor rink an even finish.
The best concept is to use a flooder as per their instructions, drag it across the
surface of the rink evenly and smoothly.
The Ultimate Flooder
methods of building a base are as follows
a snowfall roll the snow flat, using a roller, snowshoe(s),
or snowmobile. Then mist to medium spray with cold water
(be careful not to saturate so much it melts all of your snow). Repeat this process
until a solid snow/slush base is formed and you will soon be
ready for warm/hot water flood (with flooder).