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Check Out My Block Ice

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by PlantscapeSolutions, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,979

    I ran out of space in my personal freezer years ago and was buying bagged ice until last year. It was a long term waste of money to be spending $10 a week on ice. I bought a high quality freezer last year for $400. In the past I didn't have space for a second freezer but my new 45X30 shop fixed that problem.

    Now I make my own block ice in large stainless steel bowls. It takes two days for the huge cubes to freeze solid so I have two cubes in progress at all times. These cubes are easily two gallon ice cubes. We use the large 10 gallon Igloo water cooler on our truck.

    Block ice will last several times longer because there is less surface area exposed to the thermal transfer of energy. It's best to use a bowl that has a tapered bottom so it's easier to get the ice out. We hose down one the bowls in the morning and the ice comes right out.

    Thin bowls work best for getting the ice out quickly. Thick bowls will have a slower rate of energy transfer and require more time for hosing them down to get the ice out. The second you put your hand on the bowls I use you can hear the ice start to crack and expand from your warm hands.


  2. bilray

    bilray LawnSite Member
    Posts: 1

    This is COOL
  3. Khowell0

    Khowell0 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 32

    Got a lot of time on your hands to post these pictures?

    THEGOLDPRO LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,223

    uhhhhhhh ok.
  5. modedicebox

    modedicebox LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 279

    Innovation at its finest.
  6. Agape

    Agape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,645

  7. stuffdeer

    stuffdeer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,537

    Personally I think its a great idea. I would go through a bag to two bags of ice a day. I may have to try this.
  8. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 4,664

    Not a bad idea, but here is an easier one.
    For many years, I have used empty plastic, one gallon milk jugs to freeze ice. I wash out empty jugs, fill them with water and freeze them. Just toss frozen jugs in the cooler. You can easily put 2 of them in a 5 gallon water cooler and they will keep the water cold all day, even in the heat we get here in Texas. Top them off and freeze them again. You can use them until they get a hole where they will not hold water in the freezer. Mine often last one or two months before I have to replace them.
  9. JFGauvreau

    JFGauvreau LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,297

    You should start selling your own ice then.
  10. flatlander42

    flatlander42 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,239

    That's the ticket right there!!

    My family has done that for many years. We even use the half gallon jugs for the smaller water coolers.

    And when you run out of water in the cooler it is nice to have one last chance for a drink. Get the milk jug out and there you have it...reserve water! Only thing we did different was change the water each time it was frozen.

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