Regular readers might recall that our barbecue blew away last fall. During a big wind storm in September our new barbecue blew off the deck and into the lake. Fortunately this happened one morning when our neighbour, Kuzman, happened to be at home and looking out his window. He saw a grey shape floating past our house, and just when he was about to go out and rescue the mystery object, it rolled over and sunk out of sight. We weren’t able to bring it up again as the lake was murky after the wind storm, and stayed that way, and so while we had a rough idea of where it was, we couldn’t locate it.
Last weekend Martin and Kuzman decided it was time to bring the barbecue back up from the ‘basement’, as we like to call the 10 feet of water under the house. (We’ve inadvertently lost a few items in the basement over the last two years, but none as big as the barbecue before now.) First they called up our fisherman friend Greg, and he came over with his underwater camera. Luckily we had some idea of where to start looking for it. After drilling 3 holes in the ice, and with the help of the camera, it was located! Upside down in about 10 feet of water. Kuzman and Martin then spent the next 5 hours manually cutting a barbecue sized hole in the lake ice, nearly 4 feet thick. Once the ice was opened up, it was easy to see the barbecue, but not at all easy to bring it up. Using big strong fish hooks on thick rope, it was eventually pulled up from the bottom. It sounds straightforward but this too took quite a bit of time. It still had the cover on, now full of water, and various bits that wanted to catch on the thick lake ice. Eventually, they succeeded.
Because the barbecue sunk, and was recovered, with the cover on, all the accompanying parts where still there too – the grill, the grill cleaning brush, and the propane tank. After an hour with the power washer, it looked nearly new again – just one small dent in the door and a bit of rust stain on the handle. Martin was even bold enough to try to start it up, and to my surprise, it fired up without difficulty, and works as well as ever. (Although the ignitor no longer works.) It’s a Coleman brand – I wanted something heavy duty and well built and I think it has passed all tests with flying colours!
It took the two men all day to bring the barbecue up, but this large catch of the day made it all worth while. It all went so well that we might just store it in the ‘basement’ again next winter.
Our neighbour came along near the end to check on our progress. We spoke with him about the houseboat reality show that is being filmed in our neighbourhood right now, and he thought they should have filmed this. This IS houseboat reality!