Ice recommendations

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Ice recommendations

Postby jonnifer » Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:35 pm

We have been open and running for about 6 days. This is a fun business, but we definitely have hit some bumps. Specifically with ice...we have a Swan, so we use block ice frozen in buckets. Our freezer in the trailer is probably 10 years old and it works ok, but we have had a few days where the blocks were only about half frozen. Shaving into them eventually results in a huge mess. We have been filling the bucket with glacier water right after we use a block putting it in the freezer and hoping it ends up frozen 24 hours later. This strategy has been hit or miss.

What are some of your ice solutions? There are no close block ice suppliers, so outsourcing is not an option. We were thinking about purchasing another freezer and rotating blocks every other that case, any freezer recommendations that do well freezing buckets of water?

Any help is much appreciated!

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Re: Ice recommendations

Postby Loopdan » Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:52 pm

24 hours is not long enough to freeze a block, especially when it's in a freezer that is being opened throughout the day. I would buy another freezer. Eventually you'll want to buy an ice block maker, but that's a large investment ($6,000+).

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Re: Ice recommendations

Postby IceClouds » Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:10 pm

If your Health Department allows it, get multiple freezers to freeze your blocks. When i first started i had about 7 freezers... hand me downs, Craigslist finds anything i could get my hands on. It can take up to 3 days to freeze a block properly (The slower you freeze it the better). Like Loopdan mentioned if business is good you will want to invest in an ice block maker which is what we did. Good luck, wish you the most success!

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