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Old 10-07-2016, 01:09 PM
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I was thinking of putting an ice maker or a Polar temp freezer at my home down in the Keys. It would be kept outside, I wanted something that would be as trouble and maintenance free as possible. Does anyone have any experience with just stocking a freezer full of bags of ice vs. just having an ice maker? Also, any opinions on Polar temp for this application?

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I have both. The ice marker makes ice and stores it in a bin, it's just under 32*. I've found it works a lot better if I bag it and store it in a 0* freezer.
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Originally Posted by mikefloyd View Post
i have both. The ice marker makes ice and stores it in a bin, it's just under 32*. I've found it works a lot better if i bag it and store it in a 0* freezer.
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Old 10-07-2016, 01:42 PM
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I get by with gallon milk/water jugs and freeze them in my sub zero degree freezer
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I get by with gallon milk/water jugs and freeze them in my sub zero degree freezer
Do that too but not with milk jugs. I bought silicone trays and make my own block ice.
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I've been agonizing over this decision as well. I like the convenience of an ice maker but don't want or need it to run constantly at a weekend home. I understand if you shut them on an off frequently then they have constant issues.

I still want the ice maker but I'm heavily leaning towards one of these, and loading it up with $1.75 20b bags of ice from the Twice the Ice machine across the street from the neighborhood. It also has a nice lock on it so we can lock renters access to it. Paying 1.75 a bag for ice will be cheaper for us than the water the ice machine would use since some a hole company purchased the water rights to the neighborhood and jacked the prices by 400%

Looks like is holds 120 8lb bags of ice, or 48 or os 20lb bags. One trip every couple months to restock will prob be cheaper than all the maintenance on an ice maker, plus it will be cold ice instead of wet ice, barely frozen ice from a machine.

Hoping I can get one that doesn't say ICE all over it, not sure the neighbors will like looking at it on the side of the house

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I don't know much, but I've owned several commercial ice makers in my time. I would not want to spend money on one for a weekend home. If you shut one down & restart, know that they don't make ice particularly fast. Also, I have never had a unit...even some of the monsters that service 15,000sqft restaurants, that have refrigerated bins. The bins are just thin insulation. The ice constantly melts and has to be replenished. If your area has hard water, and many coastal areas do, then maintenance can be a total pain.

Personally, I'd go with the freezer. Bags & blocks...best of both worlds.
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Originally Posted by OffshoreApparel.com View Post
I've been agonizing over this decision as well. I like the convenience of an ice maker but don't want or need it to run constantly at a weekend home. I understand if you shut them on an off frequently then they have constant issues.

I still want the ice maker but I'm heavily leaning towards one of these, and loading it up with $1.75 20b bags of ice from the Twice the Ice machine across the street from the neighborhood. It also has a nice lock on it so we can lock renters access to it. Paying 1.75 a bag for ice will be cheaper for us than the water the ice machine would use since some a hole company purchased the water rights to the neighborhood and jacked the prices by 400%

Looks like is holds 120 8lb bags of ice, or 48 or os 20lb bags. One trip every couple months to restock will prob be cheaper than all the maintenance on an ice maker, plus it will be cold ice instead of wet ice, barely frozen ice from a machine.

Hoping I can get one that doesn't say ICE all over it, not sure the neighbors will like looking at it on the side of the house

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Originally Posted by cape_fisherman View Post
I don't know much, but I've owned several commercial ice makers in my time. I would not want to spend money on one for a weekend home. If you shut one down & restart, know that they don't make ice particularly fast. Also, I have never had a unit...even some of the monsters that service 15,000sqft restaurants, that have refrigerated bins. The bins are just thin insulation. The ice constantly melts and has to be replenished. If your area has hard water, and many coastal areas do, then maintenance can be a total pain.

Personally, I'd go with the freezer. Bags & blocks...best of both worlds.
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I've had a small Manitowoc ice machine [120vac] that has been outside in southwest Florida for the last 16 years. It's been nearly flawless.
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Originally Posted by anmpharm View Post
I was thinking of putting an ice maker or a Polar temp freezer at my home down in the Keys. It would be kept outside, I wanted something that would be as trouble and maintenance free as possible. Does anyone have any experience with just stocking a freezer full of bags of ice vs. just having an ice maker? Also, any opinions on Polar temp for this application?

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Freezer ice will last longer as the ice is colder. Ice makers are just cold enough to freeze water. I'll never forget explaining this to a friend (as to why ice from his ice maker melted so much quicker). His response was "duh, ice is 32 degrees".
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Chest freezer and jugs or blocks of water will be much cheaper and last longer.

If you want to get fancy, get a $200 chest freezer and plumb in a fridge ice maker.
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I buy 20# ice bags from eBay and fill them from the ice machine at work. Then I keep them in my chest freezer in the garage. Holds about 10 bags. When I build my boat garage I'm gonna get an ice machine and put it in there. Best of both worlds.
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Chest freezer and install a few ice makers from junk house fridges. There are plans online.
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I have a 450 lb machine at my home on the coast, 3 and a half hours away. Have a land line that I call 2 days in advance and it turns on a switch that turns on the ice machine so when I get there it's full and ready to go. Been doing it for 4 years and no problems. Keep it off when I am not there
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Chest freezer and install a few ice makers from junk house fridges. There are plans online.
That's a great idea!
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I have a 450 lb machine at my home on the coast, 3 and a half hours away. Have a land line that I call 2 days in advance and it turns on a switch that turns on the ice machine so when I get there it's full and ready to go. Been doing it for 4 years and no problems. Keep it off when I am not there
Great idea!
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in the same boat.....neighbor has an undercounter hoshizaki that i use, but i want my own. I had not heard they dont like being turned on and off frequently. But need a freezer for sure. Subbed.
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Originally Posted by KDM View Post
I have a 450 lb machine at my home on the coast, 3 and a half hours away. Have a land line that I call 2 days in advance and it turns on a switch that turns on the ice machine so when I get there it's full and ready to go. Been doing it for 4 years and no problems. Keep it off when I am not there
That's a good idea. You can accomplish the same thing via internet with some simple automation equipment as well. Turning on the water heater, fridge, etc.
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so we are talking remote switches?........i see a bunch on amazon....how about some links to your favorites?
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