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Thread: How can I free a frozen pot?

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    Um, option A: pour some warm tap water around the bottom of the pot to melt the ice. B: Use some salt/sand to melt the ice if you don't need to worry to much about the soil. Any way, I think you should even bother. Next time you hear a cold snap is coming just throw a tarp over them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavyJones View Post
    Just pointing out a flaw. You were thinking about using an iron to thaw stuff out, but unless you plan on heating an old fashioned iron (Fe) iron (clothes pressing device) over a fire, I would stay away. Using an electric iron to thaw ice could potentially be dangerous....
    I was thinking of trying an iron for the steam, not the surface of the iron itself. I can get an iron at the Rite Aid down the road for $20, which is cheaper than many of my other options. The propane torch might be a possibility - at least for the pots stuck to the ground.
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    I say tepid water if you really must free the pots
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    Here's an idea - what about drilling holes into the solid parts of the ice and melting it from there? What kind of drill bit works for ice? I've got a set of general purpose wood/plastic bits, and another set for glass and high-density ceramics. My drill sucks though, so I think I would probably need to get the proper bit to stand a good chance at making it work.
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    Can you use the hose? That will thaw enough ice to remove the pots. Run it around the base of each pot and it should free them in a short time. Hot water will work, but be careful not to steam the plants.
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    The hose is frozen solid. Fortunately it's built to take it, but it's also blocked up with fifty feet of ice. It got left out undrained by the guys working on my kitchen.
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    Take screw driver and a hammer and smash the ice. just hold the screwdriver on the surface and give it a good smack, it should shatter the ice, then you can move the pots out and once they are out of the way you can find a way to free the trays. The ones frozen to the ground shouldnt be too hard to remove unless they were sitting in water when it froze, just put a putty knife under the edge of the pot and pry up a little, do this all the way around and it should come free fairly easy.
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