1. Ice Farming Helps Local Economy

    When you hear the words 'ice farmer,' you might think about those people long ago who carved ice from rivers into blocks to be sold. Today, ice farmers actually create ice for people to climb. The sport has been around since the 1960s, but really began to take off in the '90s.

    The southwest Colorado town of Ouray has a population of just 1,000 residents, but it has become an international destination for athletes known as ice climbers. The city hosts one of the largest ice climbing parks in the world. There are nearly 200 different climbing routes and 17,000 vertical feet of climbing space.

    The people who create this climbing winter wonderland are known as 'ice farmers.' Each year, during the winter, they use a system of pipes, irrigation, and shower heads that are situated at the top of the gorge. They use these tools to create towering walls of ice.

    While there are several natural ice climbing destinations, there are now just a handful of man-made ice climbing destinations. Wyoming and Minnesota both have man-made ice climbing parks. However, Colorado's Ouray Park is the most popular of all.

    How Ice Farming Works

    Dan Chehayl, the operations manager at Ouray, described the process of ice farming.

    Ice farmers head out as soon as temperatures start dropping in November. They go out to a rock face or a cliff and either divert existing water sources or enhance them to focus the water in one area.

    Before they can start growing their crop, they must make sure that their equipment is in working order. They also have to “deveg” the local area, pruning vegetation and shrubbery that has grown up over the summer.

    The actual ice-making process begins by running water through the drains to saturate the cliffs so that the ground becomes colder so that it can bond with the ice that will begin to grow. Shower heads placed at various intervals are set to either a light or a heavy spray, to encourage different kinds of ice growth, based on need.

    The water used is runoff water, or overflow water from the city's water supply. That water can start running around November 20th and it can take up to a month and sometimes more before the ice is safe and sustainable enough to open to the public for climbing.

    If not for the climbing park, Ouray would be a ghost town during the winter. Before the ice park began to take off in the 90s, there was little to no economy. As the park grew and became more popular, a thriving tourism trade grew up along with it. Local businesses and the community as a whole rely heavily on the ice park to keep them going through the winter months.

  2. Hoshizaki F-330BAH Undercounter Flake Ice Machine

    Flake ice has a variety of uses. Because of its ability to be molded into any shape needed, flake ice serves well in applications such as displaying seafood and produce. It also has uses in laboratories, where it can be packed around medical containers that require refrigeration. Flake ice can also be made to cover a larger surface area, resulting in more rapid cooling. Flake ice is also idea for health care use, as it poses less choking risk and also lends itself well to treating sports injuries.

    The Hoshizaki F-330BAH is an air-cooled undercounter flake ice machine. Capable of producing up to 330-lbs of ice per 24-hour period, its built in storage bin can hold up to 80-lbs of flake ice when filled to capacity. This ensures that your business will always have enough flake ice on hand to meet moderate ice needs.

    Features of the Hoshizaki F-330BAH

    The F-330BAH is a space saving 24-inches wide and only 39-inches tall. This lends the unit to being able to be installed anywhere. The intake and discharge vents are located at the front of the machine, so there is no need for side clearances. The bin door drops down to allow for convenient access to the ice. All that is needed for installation is a 115-volt power outlet, an incoming water line, and a drain.

    The F-330BAH has an automatic flush system to promote longer life and dependability of the ice machine. It is made of corrosion-resistant stainless steel. If hygiene and cleanliness are concerns, Hoshizaki has integrated H-GUARD Plus antimicrobial protection into all surfaces that contact water or ice. This helps to prevent slime and mold build-up in your ice machine.

    Hoshizaki also offers unparalleled warranty protection for its ice machines. The F-330BAH is protected by a 3-year warranty for parts and labor on the ice machine. The compressor comes with a 5-year warranty for parts.

    If your business needs flake ice, then the Hoshizaki F-330BAH undercounter flake ice machine is worthy of your consideration.



  3. U-line’s CLR1215SOD-00A Ice Maker

    The temperatures have begun to warm up and the promise of spring being nearer has made many homeowners thinking about spending more time outside. An outdoor kitchen where meals can be prepared and guests can be entertained is at the top of the list of amenities that people are adding to their current home or looking for in new ones. Part of entertaining is being sure to have enough ice on hand to serve cold drinks to guests.

    U-line’s CLR1215SOD-00A ice maker is 15” wide and 34” -36” inches tall and plugs into an 115V outlet. While you can use this ice maker indoors, it’s UL rated for outdoor use and can make up to 60 pounds of clear ice every 24 hours. Even though most at-home entertaining situations won’t require quite that much ice at one time, this unit features a bin that can store up to 30 pounds of ice. The best part about top hat or gourmet clear ice that this machine makes is that it takes a longer time to melt so you use less. That means less dilution and better tasting mixed and soft drinks.

    The Beauty of U-Line

    U-line has styled this ice maker to look impressive with a stainless steel body and has a reversible door. The door features a brushed stainless steel finish and stainless steel door handle. Digital touchpad controls are mounted in a position that is easy to access and set. U-line has also installed a P60 drain pump at the factory so it’s ready to go. The legs are adjustable so you can fit it under a counter or use it as a stand-alone, no additional clearance is required around top, rear or sides of this ice maker.

    This ice maker is LED lit on the inside and also included is a heavy duty ice scoop to make serving drinks to your guests quick and easy. The Silence Mode allows you to suspend ice making for three hours.

  4. Empura E-49F Commercial Reach-in Freezer

    Anyone who has been involved in a busy restaurant or large-scale food operation knows that having enough food on hand is important. Empura has made the Empura E-49F commercial reach-in freezer match the standards of reliability that food service professionals have come to expect. This upright two-section solid door freezer boasts up to 49 cubic feet of frozen storage space.

    The E-49F measures 50” - 60” wide with 40 to 50 cubic feet of storage space. The stainless steel construction both on the inside and outside and 304 stainless steel floor makes it easy to clean and maintain and it means that the E-49F, like all of Empura’s commercial food service equipment, is built to last for years and can hold up to even the most demanding environment. The refrigeration system features a 3/4 horsepower compressor that is mounted on the bottom of the unit as well as the high density polyurethane foam insulation is CFC-free and will keep food cold between -10 and 0 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Empura has equipped both of the swinging doors on the E-49F to be self-closing doors with magnetic door gaskets to help keep the cold air inside the freezer cold. The doors can be locked and the recessed handles on either side are easy to grab. With no handles sticking out, there is no increased footprint and nothing to get in the way in a busy kitchen setting. The doors have the ability to stay open with a handy stay-open feature for when it needs to be restocked or large amounts of product need to be moved. The E-49F has a fan delay so it turns off the fan when the door is open to both save energy and to keep cold air from being blown out of the freezer. This equals greater savings for you in terms of lower energy and operation costs.

    Inside the E-49F are 6 heavy-duty wire shelves that are completely adjustable and are wide enough so that you can fit whatever you need to inside. Also included are 4 heavy-duty casters, 2 that can lock it in place until you need to move it. The doors feature key locks so you can keep your inventory secure.

    For pricing and availability, contact us today here at or talk to our customer service department toll free. is your Empura Refrigeration Equipment dealer and we have a price match , making sure that you get the best price. Call us today at 877-900-4423. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

  5. Manitowoc Neo UY-0140A Half Dice Undercounter Ice Machine

    Half-cube style ice is effectively a very popular style of ice. Situated in size between full-cube ice and nugget ice, you get a bit of both worlds. Half-cube ice means more ice per container, resulting in more liquid displacement, saving you money. Since it is larger than nugget style ice, it melts less quickly than this style, resulting in less dilution.

    The Manitowoc NEO UY-0140A Half Dice undercounter ice machine will produce up to 132-lbs of ice per 24-hour period. The built-in storage bin will hold up to 90-lbs of ice, ensuring that you will always have ice on hand for your guest's needs.

    More about the Manitowoc NEO

    The NEO UY-0140A measures just 26 inches wide and 38.5 inches tall with the legs attached. This means that it can fit easily under most commercial counters, but it can also function as a stand alone model. The unit requires only a 115-volt power source, an incoming water line, and an external drain for installation. The intake and discharge vents are located at the front of the unit, so it requires no side clearances, meaning it can be installed everywhere.

    When it comes to efficiency, the Manitowoc NEO UY-0140A is unparalleled. It uses 25% less water and 10% less energy than previous ice machines. Per 100-lbs of ice, the unit only uses 24.9 gallons of water and 11.1 kWh of electricity. The NEO comes equipped with a delay feature that allows the owner to turn production off for 4, 12, or 24 hours so that the machine is off during non-business hours. Even the scoop has been redesigned to be more efficient.

    The Service Wrench Indicator will illuminate in red, giving you advance notice of when your machine has issues and may require repair. AlphaSan antimicrobial protection infused into all surfaces that contact water or ice helps to prevent bacteria and slime growth. Grease and dust is prevented from getting into the unit a removable air filter. The machine is self-cleaning, ensuring sanitation.

    Manitowoc also offers outstanding warranties on the NEO. The unit comes with a 3-year warranty on parts and labor for the ice machine. A 5-year warranty on parts comes on the compressor. The evaporator is covered by a 5-year warranty on parts and labor.

    When it comes to efficiency and providing your business with half-cube style ice, the Manitowoc NEO UY-0140A is a machine that produces half-dice ice and is certainly worth your consideration.

  6. Scotsman CU2026SA-1 Undercounter Small Cube Ice Machine

    Small cube ice is popular for many reasons. First, it displaces more liquid than larger cubes, resulting in savings for you. This style of ice also lends itself well to soaking up the flavors of the beverage that it is placed in, making it a favorite style of ice among those who like to chew ice.

    The Scotsman CU2026SA-1 is an undercounter style ice machine that produces up to 200-lbs of small cube ice per day. The built in storage bin is capable of holding up to 80-lbs of ice. This ensures that your business will always have ice on hand.

    Your Hotel Bar will Love this Machine

    The CU2026SA-1 stands just 33-inches high, allowing it to be installed under most commercial counter tops. The only requirements are space at the back for the water line and power connections and an external drain to carry away water purged during the ice making cycle and melted ice from the bin. The front placed intake and exhaust vents mean that no side clearances are required for installation. The unit is air-cooled, reducing waste water.

    An AutoAlert indicator light alerts the owner or user to any issues with the machine. An easily removable top door makes maintenance and cleaning a breeze. Water Sense technology prevents scale build-up by purging impure water and mineral deposits from the machine after every freezing cycle.

    When it comes to warranties, Scotsman has you covered. The CU2026SA-1 comes with a 5-year parts warranty on the compressor and the condenser. A 3-year parts and labor warranty comes with the ice machine.

    If your business has need of small-cube ice to fit it's customer's needs, then the Scotsman CU2026SA-1 is a machine that you should consider. It is efficient, easily maintained, and will make enough ice to meet your needs.







  7. This Generation's Willy Wonka of Food and Invention

    Whether you've only seen the Gene Wilder or the Johnny Depp version or both, Willy Wonka had it going on when it came to inventing candy. Well, there's someone out to claim the title. He's invented things from Viagra ice-cream to levitating cocktails. No wonder people are drawing comparisons between the two.

    Charlie Harry Francis is the man behind such inventions as Edible Mist Orbs, Glow-in-the-Dark Ice Cream, and most recently, an Edible Fragrance Factory. With such incredible creations, no wonder people are drawing comparisons between the award-winning food inventor and Willy Wonka.

    From his humble beginnings on an ice cream farm in South Wales, U.K., Charlie has always been fascinated by the unknown. Like most inventors, his main thought was if no one else is doing it, why don't I do it?

    In 2011, he set up his own company, “Lick Me, I'm Delicious.” His premise? Creating, in his living room of all places, an ice cream bar that uses advanced liquid nitrogen to create ice cream for up to 1,500 people instantly.

    A Levitating Cocktail Machine?

    Charlie is responsible for the world's first levitating cocktail machine, which sold in 2014 for $42,000. He experimented with drones and columns of air before discovering sound. He found out that 40 watts of sound could levitate liquid. He teamed with Bruce Drinkwater, professor of engineering at Bristol University to build a machine capable of levitating a potent drop of alcohol in the air to be licked.

    His current project involves infusing flavor into bubbles. It hasn't been an easy project – infusing flavor into a thin film of liquid wasn't meant to be easy. However, after doing research himself on everything from compressed gas and CO2, as well as some unique bubble blowing contraptions, he's closer than ever. He's now turning thoughts to flavors. He's considering the mundane, like raspberry, and the outlandish, like baked beans.

    His most unique invention, however, did not come from a personal brainstorm. It came from a celebrity request. Charlie, however, signed a non-disclosure agreement. He made Viagra-infused ice cream for the nameless client. To top that off? He infused the ice cream with a champagne flavor.

    We hope that Charlie continues to rock the gourmet food world with his inventions. Move over Willy Wonka. Charlie's taking over.

  8. Ice-O-Matic ICEU150HA Half-Cube Undercounter Ice Machine

    Half-cube ice is incredibly popular, especially in restaurants and self-serve establishments like gas stations and convenience stores. The reason for this is because the size of half-cube ice means more ice in every cup. This, in turn, displaces more liquid, saving you money. Half cube ice is also easier to chew than full cube ice, making it popular among ice-chewing fans.

    The Ice-O-Matic ICEU150HA half cube undercounter ice machine will deliver the half-cube ice that you and your customers need and want. This machine is capable of producing 185-lbs of half-cube ice every 24 hours under ideal conditions of 50 degree water temperature and 70 degree air temperature. The built in storage bin can hold up to 74-lbs of ice, ensuring you will always have enough ice on hand to meet your business's needs.

    Feature of this Ice-O-Matic Ice Machine

    The half-cube ice produced is 7/8” x 7/8” x 3/8” which is smaller than a full cube, ensuring more ice in every cup and therefore, more beverage displacement.

    The ICEU150HA stands only 39” inches tall and is only 24.5” wide. This opens up a variety of installation options, especially since the unit is air-cooled. The intake and discharge vents are located on the front of the unit, so no side clearances are necessary. Only minimal clearances are needed at the back of the unit for water and power connections. The unit needs only a standard 115-volt power supply. An external drain is required for when the unit purges water and drains melted ice from the storage bin.

    The ICEU150HA has qualified for an Energy Star certification. The unit only uses 8.25 kWh of electricity and 25 gallons of water for every 100lbs of ice produced. Ice-O-Matic has also included the Harvest-Assist feature to shorten the ice-making cycle by more quickly removing ice from the evaporator.

    The stylish stainless steel exterior is scratch resistant and easy to clean. Built in antimicrobial protection will help to stave off the formation of mold and slime as well as bacteria that may harm your customers.

    Ice-O-Matic has you covered when it comes to the warranty as well. The ICEU150HA comes with a 3-year warranty on parts and labor for the ice machine. The evaporator and the compressor each come with a 5-year parts warranty as well.

    The Ice-O-Matic ICEU150HA is a powerful machine that will deliver the half-cube ice that your business needs.

  9. Scotsman CU50PA-1 Gourmet Undercounter Ice Machine

    When you have a high-end scotch or whiskey or any other beverage, the last thing you want is your final few sips to be watered down. You also don't want the tastes that can come with other kinds of ice to mingle with your drink. Gourmet style ice prevents just that. It is larger, denser, and clearer than other types of ice. This means that it melts slower for less dilution and does not impart tastes or odors into the beverage.

    The Scotsman CU50PA-1 ice machine produces a hard, clear, tasteless and odorless gourmet-style ice cube. This type of ice is ideal for high-end beverages and the discerning connoisseur as it imparts no taste or odor into the beverage as it melts. It also melts much slower than traditional ice, resulting in less dilution of the drink.

    A Perfect Gourmet Ice Machine for your Bar

    The Scotsman CU50PA-1 produces up to 65-lbs of gourmet style ice per day and the built in storage bin can hold up to 26-lbs of ice. The lower ice production makes this unit ideal for use in executive suites and for personal home use.

    The user friendly control panel of the CU50PA-1 will inform the owner or users of any status changes in the machine. The unit is Energy Star certified and approved for outdoor use, making it the perfect compliment to outdoor bar areas. The front intake and discharge vent opens up installation options as no side clearances are necessary. The 15-inch width lends itself to being installed between other appliances or in tight spaces.

    Additionally, the water-sense technology staves off scale build-up by purging hard water and dirt deposits after every freezing cycle.

    Scotsman also provides outstanding warranty protection on the CU50PA-1. A 1-year warranty on all parts and components is provided as well as a 5-year warranty on the compressor and the condenser.

    If you have an executive suite, indoor or outdoor home bar, or VIP lounge, you have need of gourmet style ice for your customers, guest, and yourself. The Scotsman CU50PA-1 is a machine worth your consideration.

  10. Manitowoc SM-50A Gourmet Undercounter Ice Machine

    When you have a high-end scotch or whiskey or any other beverage, the last thing you want is your final few sips to be watered down. You also don't want the tastes that can come with other kinds of ice to mingle with your drink. Gourmet style ice prevents just that. It is larger, denser, and clearer than other types of ice. This means that it melts slower for less dilution and does not impart tastes or odors into the beverage.

    The Manitowoc SM-50A ice machine produces an octagonal gourmet style ice cube. As it produces up to 53-lbs of ice per day, it is best served for home and executive suite uses. The built-in bin can store up to 24 pounds of ice when filled to capacity. The ice produced is crystal clear, cold, and hard as it is comprised almost entirely of water.

    Features of the Manitowoc SM-50A

    The bin is lit with an LED light. In addition, the unit features a larger open area for easier access to the ice inside. Stainless steel composition provides the unit with easy cleaning. Removable parts also aid in easing the cleaning process.

    The unit is air-cooled, meaning water savings versus water cooled ice machines. The front intake and discharge vent equals installation opportunities between existing appliances as no side clearances are needed. The unit requires a standard 115-volt power supply. It uses only 11.89 kWh of electricity and 48 gallons of water for every 100-lbs of ice produced.

    A programmable ice production function allows for customization and further energy savings.

    Manitowoc provides a 3-year commercial and labor warranty. It also provides a 1-year residential warranty for those who use the machine in the home.

    Whether for use in an executive suite or in your personal home, the Manitowoc SM-50A produces an exceptional ice cube for your exceptional clients, customers, guests, as well as yourself.

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