"Alaska Ice Dragon": Ice Rink Resurfacer

Indoor Ice Rinks

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There are many indoor ice rinks which, for one reason or another, are not resurfaced by a Zamboni. These tend to be smaller rinks for curling, hockey training or recreational skating which don't have the room or the finances for a full-size resurfacer. Water is typically spread onto such rinks without first shaving down the surface the way a Zamboni does. Each time this is done the surface gets a little higher. Ultimately, the surface can get so high that the entire rink has to be melted and reformed. Furthermore, it takes skill to apply water to a rink uniformly, especially when turning corners. If not done properly the rink gets less flat with every new layer of ice. This is not so critical for skating but it is a very big issue for curling. No one wants to bowl on a tilted lane and no one wants to curl when the ice isn't flat. Flooding the rink restores flatness, but adds significantly to the height of the surface.

Our resurfacer adds no new material to the ice so a flat rink remains flat and the height remains constant indefinitely. There are no grooves or ridges marking the overlap between adjacent passes if the first pass has not yet refrozen when you come by with the second pass. Finally, propane gas has no dirt in it so if the ice is clean before resurfacing then it will be clean afterward.