The Ice-Out de-icer is a great solution for keeping water open and clear of ice during even the coldest winter months. It will create up to 5000 square feet of open water space in optimal conditions, and at a minimum maintain a 50-foot diameter free of ice with its hefty 1 HP motor. Like all Admiral Lake and Pond products, all Ice-Out de-icers are hand-assembled here in Excelsior, MN, one unit at a time.
Advantages to Ownership: Keeping your waterspace ice-free can be very beneficial in protecting your boat, dock, pier, etc. from ice damage and allow for year-round use. It also creates an excellent open waterspace for hunters and outdoorsmen. The positive environmental impact is another plus; the Ice-Out will help avoid “winter kill,” the number one cause of fish and aquatic species death, by allowing oxygen transfer to take place. This is only made possible when ice is out and water is kept open.
How does it work?: During winter, the coldest water in lakes and ponds is located at the surface while warm water is trapped below. It is the inverse of summer water temperatures in that it gets progressively warmer as you go deeper. The Ice-Out works by forcing the warm water from the depths upwards, agitating and heating the surface to keep it free of ice.
The Ice-Out’s design is unique in that it focuses on using mother nature to its benefit; unlike most competitor’s units that use a closed, bucket-shaped design that merely agitates surface water near the top end of the unit, the Ice-Out utilizes an open-body design that allows water to flow through the unit, creating enhanced circulation that draws much warmer water from the depths to more effectively melt surface ice and maintain open water.
Equipment: The Ice-Out de-icer offers more than just an efficient design. It utilizes a powerful, 1 HP stainless steel motor that runs on standard 110-volt power (220-volt also available) and features an automatic thermal shut-down for maximum protection. It also comes standard with a 100-foot power cord, marine-grade aluminum and stainless steel hardware, and 50 feet of polypropylene rope for mounting.
When comparing the Ice-Out to competitor’s units, notice that Admiral offers as standard equipment what others consider, “upgrades”. Some examples include a longer power cord, more mounting rope, and most notably, a more larger motor. Not only is a 1 horsepower motor standard on our unit, it also achieves much higher RPMs (3450 RPMs) than most competitor’s motors, who generally produce less than 2000 RPMs. This is important because of its strong correlation with a de-icer’s all-important flow rate, which measures the amount of water moved, effectively determining a de-icers effectiveness. Consequently, the Ice-Out churns out 480 gallons per minute – besting most competing units by a wide margin. Finally, the motor and electrical assembly are backed by our 3-year Warranty with all structural components and stainless steel hardware warranted for life.
Mounting Options and Accessories: The standard “sling mount” is included at no additional cost. Mounting via the sling method is achieved by hanging the Ice-Out beneath your yacht, dock, boatlift, etc. and running the two included ropes from your Ice-Out to fixed points on either side. It can be used to open ice via a vertical Ice-Out position (creating a circular hole in the ice), or a semi-horizontal position (creating an oval hole perfect for docks, piers, etc.) You will have all you need to customize the position and thus obtain the desired open water “shape”.
Beyond the standard sling option, we also offer a variety of other mounting options (sold separately) for the Ice-Out:
- The Dock Deck Mount Kit, ideal for no-hassle Ice-Out use from the comfort of your dock, gives you 360-degree rotation control and 6 feet of depth control while standing on your dock.
- The Dock Leg Mount Kit, a more simplistic, static mount that attaches to dock leg supports, allows 360-degree rotation of the Ice-Out.
- The Concrete Disk Kit, a mounting kit that will sit at the bottom of the lake, pond, etc., allows for 360 degree rotation and is ideal for small or shallow lakes and ponds.
Beyond the various mounting configurations, we also offer several options and accessories for the Ice-Out. Cord length can be extended up to 200 feet (and even more in 220-volt builds) and a protective power cord sleeve can be added to prevent rodents from chewing through cords – a surprisingly common occurrence. Another popular option is an intake screen to further protect the unit and prevent aquatic wildlife and biomass from entering the unit.
Maintenance: No oil changes or maintenance are necessary. The unit runs on standard 110-volt power (unless 220-volt power is preferred) and does not require special wiring or electrical services, either.
- Weight: 35 lbs
- Width: 8.5 inches
- Height: 17 inches
- Materials: Stainless steel motor and hardware, 8-inch diameter PVC housing, braided polypropylene rope
- Opens up to 4200 square feet of water
- Maintains a minimum diameter of 50 feet of water open
- Flow rate of 540 gallons per minute via motor’s 3450 RPM
- Zero maintenance, zero assembly required
- Energy efficient
Includes (Standard before including any additional options):
- 1 Ice-Out unit with 1.0 Horsepower motor
- 100 feet of power cord
- 50 feet of braided polypropylene mounting rope
- 1 User Manual (online)
- Lifetime Warranty on structural components and stainless steel hardware
- 3-Year Warranty on the motor and electrical assembly
- 1 User Manual (online)