Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Southeast Wisconsin
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The one time I did this, it wasn't frozen solid. About six inches of ice or so and 30" of water. I chipped a hole through it and dropped in a trash pump and let it run. It wasn't the coldest in the house so the churn from the trash pump helped thaw the ice. As the water left, the ice started collapsing and breaking into smaller pieces and melting it faster. By the time we got to the end, we just hauled the remaining ice chunks outside.