We are getting our first major winter weather of the year here in SC and I just wanted to remind everyone about the dangers of freezing water in tree stand tubes...
I pulled some stands this week and put them in the barn... one of the metal tubes on one of the stands had collected rain water and it froze - causing a rupture in the tube.
This can seriously created a failed tree stand scenario.
If the stand is designed (I should say mis-designed) so that any of the tubes can collect water, a small hole should be drilled in the tube to allow any water to escape - 1/8" is suifficient for the hole.
I have seen this in many stands over the years - please beware!