This Is a Grave Defroster

(Photo: Amy Buster/Dakota County Star)

How do you dig a 6-foot deep grave when the ground is frozen? You use this device: a grave defroster.

Dakota City, Nebraska recently purchased the one you see pictured above. Kurt Peterson, the Maintenance Manager for the city, is squatting next to it. He explained to the Dakota County Star that before he had this device, exhuming graves during the winter required the use of a backhoe and a jackhammer as well as 4-5 hours of labor.

Now digging up a grave is a simpler process. The grave defroster is a double-walled steel chamber. Fill it with charcoal and burn it for a full day. The ground will then be thawed enough for digging.

If you want one for your own personal use, it will cost about $1100-1200. So start saving your pennies.

-via Weird Universe

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Up here in my hometown in Saskatchewan, the bodies get put in a cellar until spring. Then families have a burial ceremony. I'm surprised that it is worth the effort to thaw the frozen ground.
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