Monday, December 5, 2011
Photo by Ryan Brod

There are a few different tools for this – chisels, hand augers, and power augers. I always bring a chisel (it starts every time). Hand augers do work and are available in 6″ and 8″. The older spoon type hand augers worked well, but are hard to find these days. I recommend an 8″ or 10″ power auger. We like the Strikemaster series. They are lightweight, rugged, start easily, and work quickly.  Using common sense will keep you safe and running. After cutting your hole, don’t set the cutting bit in the snow. Clear a small area and set your auger down. Snow and ice on the teeth will build up and it won’t cut. Keeping the plastic guard on the bit will keep the blade sharp and others safe.