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keeping snow off the dish this year


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#1 OFFLINE   Kevin F

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Posted 07 November 2010 - 09:03 PM

Is it ok to have the gas fireplace on to melt snow/ice off the dish?. The dish is mounted on the chimmney (sp) and about 2 feet from the reflector. While in extreme cold I don't think that the heat from the fireplace will warp the dish or the lag bolts drilled into it, but will hopefully keep snow off. Will it move the lag bolts? I'm pretty sure the chimmney is insulated, right? Is this a good idea to keep in mind or should I not turn the fireplace on this year... Any insight on this idea is helpful.

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#2 OFFLINE   Kevin F

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Posted 07 November 2010 - 09:04 PM

I can post a picture of where the dish is relative to the chimney (I still can't spell that) exhaust is tomorrow. Thanks again.
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#3 OFFLINE   RobertE

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Posted 07 November 2010 - 10:23 PM

Unless the dish is directly above the chimney, or is very poorly built, using the gas fireplace will have little to no effect on the dish.
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Posted 08 November 2010 - 07:08 AM

fwiw agreed :)
temp may be enough to loosen/melt ice a foot around the chimney but heat will not be enough to hurt anything.
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Posted 08 November 2010 - 08:33 AM

I've said the same thing for years: Super Soaker with warm water.

Works every time. :D

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Posted 08 November 2010 - 11:15 AM

Is it ok to have the gas fireplace on to melt snow/ice off the dish?.


Just curious. Have you been having snow related problems in the past or just being proactive in keeping your dish clean? I only ask because I live about 130 miles west of Albany, in an area that generally gets far more snow, and have never had snow issues in twelve years with DirecTV. The angle of dishes here are such that very little snow accumulates on them. I would think the same would be true in Albany.

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Posted 08 November 2010 - 11:27 AM

The nice thing about being up North is that the dish is at a pretty vertical angle. Snow for the most part doesn't stick. In my 10 years I've never had to even brush it off, and I'm about 40 minutes east of you.

The bad part of this is trees become more of a blockage issue, but I'm assuming you're past that.

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Posted 08 November 2010 - 02:26 PM

Luckily my dish is mounted in a location where I can reach it with a broom easily. So if it does get caked with snow, a little brooming (GENTLY) and the problem is solved.

This only happened once last year during a huge snowstorm, so I don't see it being a problem.

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Posted 08 November 2010 - 02:53 PM

I got a HotShot dish heater from SatPro last month. It looks like it may get it's first test on Thursday!

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Posted 08 November 2010 - 03:07 PM

In 3 years, I have had only one instance where snow stuck to the dish, and that was a storm with an incredible amount of wet, heavy snow. I agree with others, with vertical alignment of the dishes here, should be few instances where snow on it will cause issues. that being said, I have had good luck with a broom duct taped to a window washing pole. Haven't tried the super soaker route, but I know a TON of people on this site swear by it!

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Posted 08 November 2010 - 03:21 PM

Move to Florida. :lol: It works.
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Posted 08 November 2010 - 04:29 PM

I installed Hot Shot last year, and it kept the dish clean. It won't help during a big snowstorm (or rainstorm), of course, but afterward, there's no outdoor acrobatics -- the dish gets clean automatically, and the power consumption is negligable.

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Posted 08 November 2010 - 05:09 PM

So what is Hot Shot??? Like a Device to Heat up the Dish enough to Melt the Snow away???
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Posted 08 November 2010 - 05:19 PM

Move to Florida. :lol: It works.


Yeah, but then you would have to live in Florida. EEW! :)

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Posted 08 November 2010 - 05:23 PM

Yeah, but then you would have to live in Florida. EEW! :)


I will be living in Florida for about 3 months a year every year in Key West once I buy my RV!!!
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#16 OFFLINE   Kevin F

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Posted 08 November 2010 - 05:36 PM

Thanks for all your help guys. So i am assuming i can still use the fireplace and it will possibly use it to keep snow off of the dish if it becomes a problem.

Thanks again,
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Posted 08 November 2010 - 08:53 PM

Thanks for all your help guys. So i am assuming i can still use the fireplace and it will possibly use it to keep snow off of the dish if it becomes a problem.

Thanks again,
Kevin


Frankly I highly doubt it. There just isn't going to be all that much heat up there on your chimney let alone a 2-3 feet (minimum) from it to be enough to actually melt snow on a dish.

You won't know until you try it but I really wouldn't count on it at all.

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Posted 08 November 2010 - 08:58 PM

Yes.

So what is Hot Shot??? Like a Device to Heat up the Dish enough to Melt the Snow away???

http://www.amazon.co...h/dp/B0030TYX6K

I just installed one last month. Last year ~4-5 times I hooked up a garden hose to my laundry room sink and blasted the dish with warm water. Too much of a nuisance. Too cold & too wet. Don't want to deal with it anymore. You can get them for around $125 on eBay. I installed mine on the back of the dish not the front as shown.

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Posted 08 November 2010 - 09:32 PM

Yes. http://www.amazon.co...h/dp/B0030TYX6K

I just installed one last month. Last year ~4-5 times I hooked up a garden hose to my laundry room sink and blasted the dish with warm water. Too much of a nuisance. Too cold & too wet. Don't want to deal with it anymore. You can get them for around $125 on eBay. I installed mine on the back of the dish not the front as shown.


Currently unavailable on Amazon....As BonScott said....SuperSoaker works great. I will post a pic in the near future of what I use.

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Posted 08 November 2010 - 10:55 PM

Currently unavailable on Amazon.

The linked paged shows that they are in-stock now.




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