Salmon River man inspired to construct snow-melting machine
TRURO - A Salmon River resident has introduced a new invention to the Truro area.
Wayne Smith has created a snow-cooker machine. The portable wood-fired snow melter is made of steel and uses byproduct waste from kindling provided from the Colchester Community Workshops as the source of heat.
"There's no other snow-melting machine like it in Truro," said Smith.
He is aware of other snow-melting machines in existence, however, they use oil or other forms of fuel.
"They use an astronomical amount of fuel ... this one is more environmental, it goes into the sewer system, doesn't make noise and has no sparks," said Smith.
He said the snow cooker will be used mostly for commercial purposes, specifically in the private sector, and at the workshops.
Smith has had the idea for a few years and once he dedicated himself to constructing the machine, it took about 100 hours to research and build.
"I did it because the kids (at the workshops) inspired me because of their recycling, community spirit
and consideration of others," said Smith.
Rick Delaney, a client at the workshops, is thrilled with the invention and that it's being used in conjunction with the workshops through the kindling program.
"We can use it to help get rid of our snow" in the parking lot, said Delaney.
"It's more convenient for clients. I have shovelled all morning here before."
Don Hoadley, executive director of the workshops, said it's ideas like Smith's that remind the community how talented local residents are.
"It's an ingenious idea that shows what imagination and some hard work can do," said Hoadley. "It also says Truro is leading the way for people with disabilities ... being viable (people) in the workforce."