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Old 04-13-2018, 10:58 AM
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Default cheapest place to get ice in ocmd

where do you get your ice from
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Old 04-13-2018, 05:27 PM
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Of all the expenses involved in boating and fishing, ice is the concern?
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Old 04-13-2018, 05:57 PM
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Of all the expenses involved in boating and fishing, ice is the concern?
I'm with ya on this one 1,000 dollar rod and reel combo and 100 bucks in ice ain't going to break ya. I always stop at the royal farms before the public ramp in OC
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Old 04-13-2018, 07:08 PM
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Royal farms has 40# bags for 9-10 each. Atlantic tackle has same 40# bags for similar price. I usually get 5 for an offshore trip so not a big item compared to fuel. But it all adds up
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Old 04-13-2018, 07:13 PM
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Thank you. Yea thatís pretty steep for ice. Canít blame them though. Capitalizing on the market. Didnít know if there was a better spot. Across from the shrimp boat there is a self serve thatís pretty good. I live in north Oc so itís a little out of the way.

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make your own. i have a chest freezer just for making blocks of ice. 4-6qt plastic bins freeze them and stack once frozen. save 1000s a year on ice
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Old 04-14-2018, 05:36 AM
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Get you own ice machine pays for itself in 1 solid fishing season if you get a half way decent deal on one
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Get you own ice machine pays for itself in 1 solid fishing season if you get a half way decent deal on one
This is what I ended up doing this offseason. Can't wait to not have to make the ice runs all seasons long. Plus I can carry more ice offshore than I would normally if lugging bags. I figure it will pay for itself in <2 years.

If a machine is not an option, the Royal Farms near Sunset is your best bet IMO.
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The problem is once you have a machine you can't live with out it. If it fails you are on the alert to get abother
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If cost is your main concern then make your own blocks using the previously mentioned plastic containers (rubbermaid/sterilite) or 2-liter bottles (assuming you have the available chest freezer space). Use the blocks/bottles as the base of your cooler with some cubes spread on top.

The self-serve ice machines are convenient, but I don't like using them unless I have to as I believe their ice melts quicker as it's not kept as cold.

If you're in North Ocean City, I'd check out your options on Route 54 (Exxon/GooseCreek, Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Royal Farms).
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Old 04-14-2018, 04:11 PM
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Op, it's a legit question. I bought a chest freezer and froze a bunch of 5 gallon buckets of water. I kept 3 SS ice picks on the boat and we would break it down when the tuna came in the boat. The 5 gallon blocks of ice kept longer than cubed ice and paid for the freezer in less than a season. It was a lot more convenient than running to buy ice all the time since my boat was slipped.
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That said, when we did trailer to OC, Royal Farms was the go to out of convenience.
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There’s also the self service machine on 611 right off sunset ave. I think that is the cheapest
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I'm not going to go into exact details but try bartering with the local commercial - wholesale - retail- fish house some sell ice by the cooler or trashcan full. The guys where I get my ice like deer meat & don't hunt. They handle inshore fish & crabs. So when I get tuna they get some loins for the grill. and I sharpen their knives every few weeks during the summer. I haven't paid for ice with $ for Manny years
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Old 04-15-2018, 12:53 PM
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thanks for all the replies. yea I think the one next to smokers on 611 is the best, just a little out of the way from me in north oc. I find myself down that way sometimes.

I looked into commercial ice makers. water cooled vs air cooled. All the baggage that comes along with them seemed like it wasnt worth it.

I may have to go with the chest freezer idea and chip off 5 gal bucket ice that seems like a good route. also can buy a bunch of bait in the beginning of the season.

thanks for the help, didnt know if there was some sort of hidden gem in the area that was a go to. By me there is an ice house in Baltimore that has 40 pound bags for 4-5 bucks
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I have a chest freezer and make thousands of pounds of ice annually. Save old milk jugs, juice bottles and other plastic containers to make ice blocks. I have a trashcan set aside just to store washed out plastic and cardboard containers. Most containers can be re-frozen multiple times and they last much longer than cubes. The freezer is also helpful for food storage like shrink wrapped fish and crab plus bait like Alewife when not using clams.

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In hatteras the fish cleaning station sells ice for $1 per scoop (big scoop shovel). It costs me $7 to completely fill a 120qt cooler.
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I do the chest freezer thing myself..

10$ a bag (50-60$) may be "crumbs" to some. But I am one of those that don't use $1000 plus outfits,, mine are often less than $350-$400... While at this time, I can afford better stuff, I grew up with parents/grandparents- that saved and fixed everything! They all knew how to stretch a dollar!
Heck, My mom washed plastic (throw away) -knife,fork & spoons.. (we had no silver spoons to throw around in arrogance)
Glad they taught money doesn't grow on tree's..


Much Of my life , I froze milk jugs for ice..
Now , due to diet, (carbs)I can no longer drink milk.. Searching for something that holds up as well to freezing.. ( gal sized)
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Old 04-16-2018, 02:07 PM
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Do you guys have BJs?

Might not be cheap compared to commercial ice sale but for retail, BJ’s sells 20lb bash for about $3.
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Walmart in Berlin had really cheap ice two summers ago.
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