Snow Maker

Sap House Pipe with Reducer

For a bit of fun Will put a reducer on the end of the 2″ pipe that comes down from the sap house spring after it thawed on the 10th of April.

It’s still cold enough that we’re getting a little snow many nights and some days, like today. I don’t think that reducing the flow is going to cause the pipe to refreeze but we’re tempting the fates, just for fun.

The reducer cuts the water flow from the 2″ pipe down to a 1/2″ brass PEX connector. The resulting pressure is sending the water about 12′ up in the air angled out so that it lands in the middle of the upper pond, when the wind isn’t blowing too hard. It could be great fun during swimming and will have the practical effect of aerating the pond further for the fish, tadpoles, dragonfly larva and such.

This makes me wonder if we might turn it into a snow maker or ice sculpture maker… Not that we need more snow and ice on Sugar Mountain but the possibilities are, interesting.

Outdoors: 33°F/29°F Snow & Hail
Tiny Cottage: 65°F/59°F

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2 Responses to Snow Maker

  1. Ken says:

    The reduced flow in the pipe doesnt cause it to freeze? I know that if people leave pipes to drip, and not trickle, they freeze. In much colder temps, I wonder if that pipe would freeze with that on it.

    • In this case we’re too warm for the pipe to freeze. Depending on the temperatures and lengths involved a drip can be enough to keep pipes from freezing. In our home I designed in a drip system so that in the winter we can drip our water – it comes from a spring – which keeps it from freezing.

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