Having an Ice machine

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  1. BlueMack

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    Posting this for information, if your thinking about getting an Ice Machine.

    A friend ask me about my machine, then I told him the most important part wasn't the machine, but my deep freezer I store the ice in. He was surprised. Most ice machines output into an insulated box that just holds it at freezing. If you plan on transporting the ice to your boat then transfer into a box, you need to pull the tempeture of the ice down to below zero so it will survive. Even if I'm taking it the next day I bag the ice and put in the freezer over night. It last 3x longer doing this.

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    I do the same with my ice. A fresh bag out of the freezer will re-freeze ice when put in the cooler
     
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    I do it different, instead of an ice machine, just a chest freezer
    fill it up with those 3 gallon square chum buckets full of water
    makes convenient size blocks, they last a week+ in the bonar box
     
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    I really want an ice maker for the boat, but you need a lot of bread to make ice offshore
     
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    I do it almost like GLA, except i use 1/2 gal. and Gal. plastic milk jugs. Reason is after gutting i can slide several of them right in the cavity with no hangups. Nice smooth corners. Also when i pop them in my livewell on those Hot August days they don't desalinate the water. Also makes clean up easy and no wet food !! :)
     
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    I did blocks before I got the ice machine, I used gallon ziplock bags. I do a couple every now and then.
     
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    5 gallon buckets w lids in the chest freezer here.
    I have ice-maker envy.
     
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    A quick way to make 5 gallon buckets of ice is to fill your bucket with ice, then top off with water and put in the freezer. They will freeze solid much faster but you have to have the ice to fill the bucket first.
     

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