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Alaskan 20kg Premium Ice Melter Bag or Scotts EZMELT Ice Melter 20kg $13.48 (with Price Match)

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Apr 10, 2006
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baxbunny wrote: Haven't been using these ice melters much. Does anyone have insight on if they're good/bad for concrete on driveway etc. Will it ruin it? Are there alternatives?
they do put warning that if your concrete is less than 2 years old, don't use the ice melters. i've used both regular salt and ice melters sparingly and always spread out evenly on my front porch, interlocking and sidewalk and don't have chips or breakage or cracks. at my in-laws place, their front porch steps is riddled with holes as my bro-in-law used to dump big piles of regular salt here and there which eventually chipped the top of the concrete steps.
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rfdnewbie6910 wrote: is that supposed to be a good thing though? i mean i get the little pebbles being left behind on the driveway so your shoes can grip it better and prevents slipping. but then ur just getting less salt, and the pebbles do not melt snow/ice, so the same drive way that used to take an X amount of alaskan salt, that we bought from previous years, now takes more than 2X amount of the alaskan salt that we bought this year. i thought they went overboard a little bit with the ratio of salt:pebbles as a cost reducing thing for them, it looks like its 40% salt, 60% pebble, i feel it should be 70/30
i'd look at it as less salt run-off further damaging our waterways. the city and other inconsiderate people are destroying it faster with huge piles of salt everywhere. so a little consideration by using less should hopefully help.
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Oct 31, 2018
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Good Deal! However, I just bought 2 bags this past weekend at 16$/ 20kg @ HD.

Here is a chart(Source: Greater Sudbury Watershed Alliance) that I used to decide what Ice melter to buy based on its environmental impact. I was going to buy the Alaskan pet-friendly one but I find that it won't work very well in very cold temperatures and also it is quite pricy.

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vanpatrick81 wrote: i'd look at it as less salt run-off further damaging our waterways. the city and other inconsiderate people are destroying it faster with huge piles of salt everywhere. so a little consideration by using less should hopefully help.
ok, i guess i can kinda get behind that, thats fine, im not against using pebbles, i just feel cheated because im paying the same amount as before, but getting significantly less salt. cuz before it was like 100% salt. if they gonna take away half the salt, then it would be nice to reduce the price to at least 2/3.
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rfdnewbie6910 wrote: ok, i guess i can kinda get behind that, thats fine, im not against using pebbles, i just feel cheated because im paying the same amount as before, but getting significantly less salt. cuz before it was like 100% salt. if they gonna take away half the salt, then it would be nice to reduce the price to at least 2/3.
i get what you're saying. pretty much everything lately has either shrunk in size or more fillers added to keep the price the same or keep everything the same but increase the price.

when i was a kid growing up in asia reading old archie's comics, i never understood when they kept talking about inflation. guess i finally understand that now.
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Nov 27, 2005
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The 20kg bag of Alaskan was $10 at Canadian Tire back in December. This is still an okay deal if you need some now.
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If you are storing this, make sure you place in a cool place as it can actually turn hard as a rock. And ensure to shake the bag to make sure the salt is actually still in granular pieces.
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baxbunny wrote: Haven't been using these ice melters much. Does anyone have insight on if they're good/bad for concrete on driveway etc. Will it ruin it? Are there alternatives?
I use Alaskan for my natural stone porch/step and Concrete paver in the last 6 years. No damage to them at all. When temp is >~5C, I use regular salt on my asphalt driveway. When temp drops further down into double digits, I mix regular salt and Alaskan on the driveway.
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Apr 18, 2010
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hill15 wrote: Lowe's and Rona have Alaskan 20kg Premium Ice Melter Bag or Scotts EZMELT Ice Melter 20kg on sale for $14.98 starting Thursday. (Alaskan 20kg Premium Ice Melter Bag is presently on sale for $14.98.)

Lowe's
https://www.lowes.ca/product/ice-melt/a ... bag-274727
https://www.lowes.ca/product/ice-melt/s ... 0kg-797519

Price match at Home Depot and get it for $13.48.
https://www.homedepot.ca/product/alaska ... 1000154884
https://www.homedepot.ca/product/scotts ... 1001134117

thanks OP, will get some later today.
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Jun 29, 2007
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hill15 wrote: Lowe's and Rona have Alaskan 20kg Premium Ice Melter Bag or Scotts EZMELT Ice Melter 20kg on sale for $14.98 starting Thursday. (Alaskan 20kg Premium Ice Melter Bag is presently on sale for $14.98.)

Lowe's
https://www.lowes.ca/product/ice-melt/a ... bag-274727
https://www.lowes.ca/product/ice-melt/s ... 0kg-797519

Price match at Home Depot and get it for $13.48.
https://www.homedepot.ca/product/alaska ... 1000154884
https://www.homedepot.ca/product/scotts ... 1001134117
Some HD, like mine, may be out of ice melt, thus no price match with extra 10% off at HD.
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lamborghinireventon wrote: Lowes new sale starts tomorrow which is lower than today's sale price.
Was the flyer changed, or regional sale? Tomorrow's Lowe's flyer shows the same $14.98 price
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Oct 7, 2006
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At a gas station, I saw them using a Green Bin to store their salt which I thought was a pretty good idea at a reasonable price.
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Apr 21, 2008
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Bought Scott’s EZ Melt in November for the same price.

I absolutely hate it compared to Alaskan

I feel like the size of Scott’s salt is larger, doesn’t spread evenly and doesn’t melt ice/snow as much as Alaskan, which is finer and covers a bigger area.

It’s hard to explain LOL
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jumperson22 wrote: New to the salt game and was wondering what the difference is between this and the big yellow bags which are about $7.98 for the 20KG bag (I just bought a couple of bags last week). Is there a big material difference that I'm missing?
Yellow bags (salt) is effective up to -6 while the 'ice melt' stuff are usually up to -31.

In most cases, yellow bags suffice. Another is cost consideration. I put the salt in the evening. In the morning after the snow fall, I clear the snow. I will then decide to put salt again right after or later in the day.

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