Firstly, there are many ways to build your own ice rink but I will detail for you the way I build my rink every season. It has worked really well for me!
Others have told me that their methods have resulted in a rink that is hard to maintain and that they always experienced many periods during the winter where their rink is unusable.
Some people have actually given up on making their own ice rinks.
Us? Our family has been able to skate continuously on an extremely smooth ice surface from the end of November straight through to mid-March, every year.
Now that you've found mybackyardicerink.com, you don't have to give up on your ice rink plans!
I will show you what works so you can successfully make your own backyard ice rink and enjoy years of skating.
The most difficult and important decisions you need to make are:
There are 3 conceptual methods to consider when making backyard ice rinks:
Once you have decided on your concept, continue with the following steps to build your own ice rink:
Take some time to design (sketch) your backyard rink. Visit this page for a few ideas on Ice Rink Design.
I build my backyard ice rink almost as large as my backyard permits.
The first time I built a rink, it measured 16'x 32'.
Since then I have been able to use my backyard space more efficiently and my backyard ice rink is now 32' x 40', just perfect for backyard hockey.
You can flood your rink without a liner or tarp and you will get good ice with just a little more work and as long as you get enough snow fall early enough, in your area.
The liner holds the water and you can flood your rink as soon as the temperature permits with or without snow.
You do not actually need rink boards in order to make your backyard skating rink. You can make a great outdoor ice rink surface to skate on without rink boards, but having rink boards makes it much much more fun for everyone, especially if you are planning to play hockey on your outdoor rink.
I do suggest you build your own ice rink with boards!
We'll come back to this part a little later ...
I try to put up my rink structure before the cold winter weather kicks in. I usually put up my rink boards on the first weekend in November, right after Halloween.
Please take time to figure the type of rink you need before you attempt to build your own ice rink. It will make the project much easier and fun.
Whatever method you choose, having a backyard ice rink is very
rewarding for the entire family!