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Honey, My Snowblower is Clogged

Clog Free Snowblower. If you live in the Northeast, Great Lakes, Midwest and Colorado, your snowblowers are getting quite the workout this winter. To keep your snowblower chute from clogging up when the snow is wet and heavy, keep the chute pointed in the same direction in which the auger is rotating. The auger will face less resistance trying to force the snow through the chute and tend not to clog.

Also, if your chute is frozen from the last plowing, pour some windshield fluid down the chute,. It melts the ice - then clear with a brush. And if all else fails, spray the chute with Pam before using launching into snow drifts. With Pam nothing sticks. Try it it works.

It is freezing everywhere today. It was -3 degrees F in Maine this morning and a low of 19 degrees in Atlanta. I heard that there were snow flurries in Florida. Yikes – global warming aside, is this the next Ice Age??  So what is frost and why don’t we see it during the day hours? Since much of the East is getting cold, three things must be in place to have a frost. 1) the surface on which the frost forms must be at a temperature of 32 degrees or less. 2) conditions must be calm, with little or no wind. 3) the surface air must efficiently cool air to its dew point.

If the temperature is 32 degrees F, dew will form. If the temperature falls below 32 degrees F, frost will form. So, if you live in Southern US, get the old ice scrapers out tonight. And, keep them handy. We have at least 4 calls for frosts this winter. It’s not much but when its cold south of the Mason-Dixon Line, it is really cold!

1 comment

1 Emerson { 02.25.10 at 1:39 am }

What an excellent post and one I have not reads anywhere before-direct the chute in the same direction the rear auger is spinning. Tried the sprays not much help.

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