Monthly Archives: October 2014

  1. Outdoor Ice Machines

    Ice machines don’t have to be relegated to being trapped inside in the recesses of kitchens, at the end of the hall in hotels, or tucked away in hospitals.  They can be out in the open, front and center at luaus, barbeques, and other outdoor events. 

    One of our small ice machines, the GEMU090 by Ice-O-Matic, delivers enough pearl ice to keep plenty of outdoor party goers happy.  There are, however, some guidelines which must be observed when using an outdoor ice machine to make sure it can deliver the goods.

    Be Careful About Operating Temperatures

    If the machine gets hotter than the temperatures prescribed in the operations manual, the machine might not operate at its optimum efficiency. It’s actually more dangerous to operate them in cold temperatures. If the machine is allowed to freeze on the outside, damage can happen to the whole unit. 

    Make Sure Water Doesn’t Accumu

  2. Health Inspectors Report of Ice Machines

    Health inspections are part and parcel of any restaurant owner’s life.  At least once a quarter, inspectors come out to make sure that all of the food preparation is up to snuff, but they also make sure that all of the ice machines are safe as well.

    An inspector looking through your ice machine is looking for unclean components and dirty ice. Dirty ice is a huge magnet for bacteria that can infect workers and customers. It can also be a signal for inspectors to take an extra close look at the rest of the restaurant.

    Here are just some examples of what can go wrong with the ice machines.  These are taken from actual health inspector’s reports from all over the country.

    • Observed pink mold like growth on the deflector plate inside the bulk ice machine. Corrected on the spot.
    • Observed floor under ice machine and sink soiled with black slimy soot at the time of inspection.
    • The Mc
  3. Countertop Ice Machines and Break Rooms? The Perfect Match

    All of the major ice machine brands make countertop ice machines that might fit your needs.  Many companies use their countertop ice makers in self-service functions or in break rooms. Today, we’re going to take a look at some of the countertop ice machines that have caught our eye.

    We’re especially fond of the kind that have both ice and water dispensers. In break rooms, people like having the all-in-one unit. It saves space on the counter. Plus, these systems have water filtration units that can fix that nasty tap water.

    Most of the countertop ice makers are completely touch free. You can just put your cup against the lever and the ice comes out. Some models even use sensors to detect when a cup is available.

    Here are some countertop ice machines that you’ll want to put into your break room:

    Scotsman MDT5N25A-1 523 LB TouchFree Nugget Ice Machine and Water Dispenser

    Follett

  4. What is the Hotel Ice Maker Used For?

    Ice is so versatile, it’s curious that most hotels don’t have in-room ice makers to keep the guests happy. We’ve heard of a lot of strange and not-so-strange uses for ice in hotels from managers. Here’s a sampling of what we’ve heard.

    Guests Can Keep Coolers Cold

    Hotels that see frequent travelers sometimes carry coolers. While some guests may see it as an imposition, we’ve heard of hotel ice machines being drained of ice to restock coolers.

    Guests Adding a Boost to AC

    Sometimes a guests gets an AC unit that won’t blow cold, but will blog a fan. A traveler trick is to fill up the ice bucket, wrap the ice in a towel, and set it over the fan exhaust. We don’t really recommend this, since dripping water could damage the unit further, but it will cool a room if you’ve got enough ice stacked in front.

    Sports Oriented Guests Can Chill Injuries

    As you know, ice can keep the swelling down for any injuries that one has sustained. A sprained ank

  5. In-Room Hotel Ice Machines Make Perfect Perk for Guests

    A high-end perk for some hotels is to give each room a small and quiet ice machine. A broken or noisy ice machine can be a hotel worker’s worst nightmare. Consider these two reviews from TripAdvisor from real customers who had problems with an ice machine.

    “Our biggest disappointment was the ice maker across the hall. It was used several times after midnight and later around 3:00AM it decided to make ice with no one around.”

    “Here's something everyone who has the misfortune of staying in this hotel should do just for their amusement: ask them about their ice machine and see how many different answers you get.

    Here are all the ones I've gotten from the different people who have manned the front desk:
    - It's being fixed
    - It will be fixed tonight
    - You will have ice tomorrow
    - There is no ice
    - You can get ice from a local restaurant”

    One of the most common complaints at hotels are ice machines going off in the wee hours of

  6. Choosing a Church Ice Machine (Part V - Wrap Up)

    This week has been devoted to choosing the perfect ice machine for your church and church functions.  Finding the right one requires that you answer several questions while you’re doing your research, including how much does it cost, how easy is it to use, and how efficient do I want it to be.  I wanted to bring it all together for this post and give a little bit of insight as to where we’re going for next week.

    In case you missed it, here are the links for the posts this week.

    Choosing a Church Ice Machine Part I

    Choosing a Church Ice Machine Part II

    Choosing a Church Ice Machine Part III

  7. Choosing a Church Ice Machine (Part IV)

    This week, we’ve been talking about the type of ice machine that you should get for your church.  We’ve put together a list of questions and considerations that you should make, spreading them out through the entirety of the week.  Today, we’re going to talk about ease of use.

    Let’s get this right, there are two things that people who go to church love to do: be in fellowship and celebrate.  Spaghetti dinners, fish fries, ice cream socials – you can find them all at church along with prayer and worship. Depending on the size of the church, you can find a fully stocked kitchen as well with an ice machine.

    Since many of the functions within a church are run by the volunteers, you’re going to find lots of people back in the back with the ice machine.  And, while you don’t need everyone in the congregation to know about the inner workings of the ice machine, it works out easier if there’s something for them t

  8. Searching for a Church Ice Machine? (Part III)

    Over the past two days, we’ve been talking about finding the perfect church ice machine.  In several ways, it comes down to cost and the answer to the question, ‘does this do what I need it to do?’ Here is another consideration that you should make when you are searching for that church ice machine.

    Efficiency.

    Here’s where a lot of folks just roll their eyes and say, “I don’t really care about saving the planet, I want an ice machine that works.”  We’ve seen it happen, though cannot really fathom the reasons why.  Your church ice machine’s efficiency will affect how much you pay in power and water bills to support it.

    One of the best suggestions that we can make for your church ice machine is to select an ENERGY STAR Certified ice machine.  These machines have been certified by the EPA for their water and their energy efficiency.  The ENERGY STAR Certification process requires that the specific appliance rises to a set of specific standards.

    As far as cost s

  9. Searching for a Church Ice Machine (Part II)

    We talked a little bit yesterday about choosing the best ice machine for your church functions. We’ve talked about space, volume, and cost in the search for a new church ice maker, and now we’re going to take a second to look at functionality.

    Are you going to be connecting this ice machine to a soda machine or are you planning on having it stand alone?  Answering this question will determine whether you should get a combo ice machine or just the ice machine head.

    Both types work quite well, with each of the models having a wide array of features.  The combo ice machines tend to be a little bit more user friendly, as they’re more designed for the hotel-goer and the ‘outsider’ rather than the industry pro.

    A combo ice machine is an ice machine which has both the ice making head and a storage

  10. Searching for a Church Ice Machine? (Part I)

    Yes, even churches need ice for functions. Ice machines for churches are much like ice machines for clubhouses and meeting halls. They need to be small enough to be unobtrusive, quiet, yet still provide enough ice for the needs of the congregation. That makes it absolutely necessary to pick wisely.

    Considerations for church ice machines

    Space

    Even though you might be in a gargantuan megachurch, you still might be running short on space.  You might want to choose something that’s got slim features, something that will easily fit into the corner and be present for both the parishioners and those who are running the events.

    Some models to consider:

    Scotsman CU2026MA – It’s only two feet wide, has a long power cord, and is user-friendly with indicator lights and front-located air intake and exhaust.

    Mani

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