He had even cleared out a space in our full-sized stand-up freezer for it to go. He just needed me to lift it in, which I did.
We talked about how long he/I thought it would take to freeze to a solid block of ice. We mutually decided to set the kitchen timer for 1/2 hour and check on its progress.
Half hour later, it was still pretty much liquid. We tried three hours, and this is how it looked:
A nice sheet of ice on top, but not so thick it could not be broken through (which it was). After playing with ice chunks for a bit, back into the freezer it went (somehow the chisel had to be tossed in with the canteen).
Out it came, on the back deck. Okay, first it was on the kitchen floor, then in the garage, then I insisited that, really, the back deck would be a better place for this.