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Old 06-29-18, 09:50 AM
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Looking for an ice maker

I work in the field, I need like half a bag of ice every day for the cooler. I am going to use and abuse the heck out of this ice maker so, I'm looking for recommendations.

PS: I'm not looking to take it into the field. I'll leave it at home and take ice every morning.
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Old 06-29-18, 03:18 PM
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Why not a fridge with an ice maker?
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Old 06-29-18, 03:31 PM
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I'm not sure where to get ice machine but I have the recipe for ice I can sell cheap
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Old 07-02-18, 10:08 AM
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Bars (and commercial fishing ports) have Industrial output ice machines..
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Old 07-02-18, 10:35 AM
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Buffet Enhancements ClearBlock Ice Machine 40 Gallon
$9,334.99 +$348.49 shipping
Portable, locking heavy duty locking casters. Plugs into any 110 outlet.

What'd you say your budget was?
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Old 07-02-18, 11:04 AM
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Why nor use the reusable freezer packs? Or get a couple of coolers and make one out of them by nesting 1 inside the other? Filling the space in between with some expanding insulation increases the insulating abilities and your ice will last longer.
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Wow. I didn't know they made counter top ice makers.

For what it's worth, we used to make our own ice blocks for camping. We used two large rubbermaid food containers, filled them with water, and froze them. The ice blocks last longer than cubes. We could go camping and not worry about adding ice all weekend long. It's a little bit more work than just scooping ice from a machine, but if you have the freezer space, we found the blocks to be better to use.
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my ice maker cant walk so i dont have to look for it
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Old 07-02-18, 11:28 PM
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Originally Posted by lost_in_endicot View Post
Wow. I didn't know they made counter top ice makers.

For what it's worth, we used to make our own ice blocks for camping. We used two large rubbermaid food containers, filled them with water, and froze them. The ice blocks last longer than cubes. We could go camping and not worry about adding ice all weekend long. It's a little bit more work than just scooping ice from a machine, but if you have the freezer space, we found the blocks to be better to use.
Lots of ways to make ice blocks.

Plastic milk jugs usually don't explode in the freezer. Get some with a pop-out logo.

Gatorade bottles also don't explode. Leave a little air space in them, but the ribs will pop outward when frozen, then inward when thawed.

Freezer containers usually have tapered sides and should be ok.
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Old 07-03-18, 05:09 AM
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Originally Posted by RubenX View Post
I work in the field, I need like half a bag of ice every day for the cooler. I am going to use and abuse the heck out of this ice maker so, I'm looking for recommendations.

PS: I'm not looking to take it into the field. I'll leave it at home and take ice every morning.
We have a Holland Dist. GFIMI8ES-4 Class 5 (Bloomington, IL). It's old...old enough that I haven't found anything on the internet about it. That said, the interior storage area is 20"D x 14"W x 12"H...if I empty it, it will fill that space to 3/4 in 18-24hrs...easily 5-7 pounds of ice. Maybe that will help you judge size and recovery rate as you look. This dude is a bit noisy...previous owners installed it under bar in den...I shut it off when watching TV and restart when I leave the room.

Besides the noise, you probably know these machines need a water line and a drain (they drain all the time from melt). Also, to ensure good health, I am the only one who goes in the machine for ice, always after washing my hands...no friends, no family.

You might look for a used unit at a restaurant supply or auction. Good luck.
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Old 07-03-18, 06:59 AM
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Originally Posted by lost_in_endicot View Post
Wow. I didn't know they made counter top ice makers.

For what it's worth, we used to make our own ice blocks for camping. We used two large rubbermaid food containers, filled them with water, and froze them. The ice blocks last longer than cubes. We could go camping and not worry about adding ice all weekend long. It's a little bit more work than just scooping ice from a machine, but if you have the freezer space, we found the blocks to be better to use.
I do something similar... I freeze gallons of bottled water for camping/boating. The large mass of ice lasts longer, and by starting with drinking water, we end up with drinkable cold water as it melts. Oh and the closed gallon containers tend to reduce the melt ice mess in the cooler.

For quick trips/day use, I just freeze smaller water bottles... again, no melt mess, water to drink, and the mass of a bottle of water keeps things cool longer than small cubes of ice.

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Old 07-03-18, 09:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Stormsedge View Post
Also, to ensure good health, I am the only one who goes in the machine for ice, always after washing my hands...no friends, no family.
I was making beer once with a friend of mine and we popped off to beg some ice from a nearby sandwich shop to chill the wort. It was a slow saturday in a business district, they told us we could have all the ice we wanted. When we got to the bottom of that ice maker there was some truly disgusting stuff, including a dead mouse.

Also, it's worth noting, don't EVER use glass to scoop ice out. You never know when you'll break a glass and then you have to toss all the ice, clean the whole ice maker out, and wait for more ice to get made. I learned that lesson the 'easy' way -- by being instructed when I worked in a restaurant, and it was such an obviously good rule I have always followed it.
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Interesting how the different colors have different prices.
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