If you live in a snowy part of the country and have gutters on your house, you're probably well aware of ice dams. Everyone says you have to have them, or the snow melt will wash away the dirt around your foundation, but to me gutters are pretty useless -- at least in the winter. All they do is get choked with ice and ruin your roof. Raking the roof of snow seems to help, but the back of my house it too tall for that, so I can only reach the roof around the front of the house.
This is what our barbecue looks like this winter. (Note the Stalactite icicle.)
We won't be cooking hot dogs for quite a while. How about you?