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Old 01-21-2016, 08:58 AM   #1
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Portable ice maker?

My wife and I will be staying at the coast for a month in April and then again in October. I fish a lot and always spend quiet a bit of money on ice. I'd like one that makes 40 lbs a day for a decent price. Any suggestions.
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Old 01-21-2016, 09:08 AM   #2
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This discussion just occurred a few weeks ago. There is a lot of info in the thread below.

Anyone use a portable icemaker?
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Old 01-21-2016, 09:27 AM   #4
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We bought that same unit, but with a different name on it and it works very well. The biggest issue is keeping the ice emptied and it refilled with water, but that's not a problem if you just do it whenever you think about it.
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Old 01-21-2016, 09:29 AM   #5
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My wife and I will be staying at the coast for a month in April and then again in October. I fish a lot and always spend quiet a bit of money on ice. I'd like one that makes 40 lbs a day for a decent price. Any suggestions.
Just a WAG but these Little units are best used for Drinks,and that is Best performed after the Made Ice is Frozen in a Freezer! They do NOT Keep ice in the Maker,it will melt and return to liquid! If you are thinking ICE for your Fish Chest these are NOT the way to Go! Youroo!!
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Old 01-21-2016, 09:54 AM   #6
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There are literally dozens of brands out there. Almost all of them made by one or tow Chinese companies. Were on our second one from an online source, Compact Appliances, decent price, extremely fast free delivery, good price. This one is much better than my first one. As with any of them though, you need to be aware, they are not freezers, the ice is green. So it needs to be hardened in a deep freezer to be really useful for anything more than drinks. At around $150. They are not cheap, but taken care of will last for years.
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Old 01-21-2016, 10:08 AM   #7
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Youroo is right. The ice made by these units is small ( relatively) and has large surface area. This plus the fact that the units do not really keep the ice once they are full, means you need to empty every few hours and store in a freezer. If you want to run it all day and move the ice to a freezer every few hours you may have enough for a cooler the next day. You will have to do this every day you need ice. If you really need 20-40 lbs of ice daily for a fish cooler, this probably is not the way to go. You could get a commercial Ice maker, but between size, cost and weight it would be tough to justify.
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I picked one up last year works great
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Old 01-25-2016, 07:06 PM   #9
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This was from overstock.c it keeps the ice, well as ice. It is basically a large dorm frig on the freez setting with a house style ice maker... I get about six loads a day from it... I guess that would be about 25- 30 lbs.

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Old 01-26-2016, 12:12 PM   #10
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I have had 3 units in 5 years, to me it seems they are good for about 3 months for making ice for drinks then they go to the sh*"$#% pretty quick
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