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Old 03-12-2012, 08:09 PM
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Cooler Ice solutions?

Wondering what others do. Looking for ice suggestions from folks that do a LOT of boating or live on the water.

Looking at years past we use a LOT of ice. Usually have people pickup bags on the way over. Bags are getting pricey, we probably spend an average $20 on ice on any given weekend. Over a season that adds up a bit.

Every summer I say I'm going to get an ice machine and I keep my eye out for a deal here and there.

I don't think I'm at the point of paying a $G plus for a dedicated machine as well as the energy to run it. I don't need to make a ton quickly all the time like a restaurant machine. And the home units don't really store more than a bags worth anyway.

Is there a better solution? Maybe just stock up on reusable ice packs? The McGyver in me is thinking to just get a garage fridge and remove the ice maker bucket and replace with something that fills most of the freezer space.
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:43 PM
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Get a cheap used fridge with ice maker...not side by side but freezer on top or bottom...might be able to get for a few hundred...Take out collection bucket and install a barrier to catch ice from ice maker. For example a piece of masonite or plastic to keep ice from falling out when opening upper freezer and nothing to do with freezer on bottom. Friend did this with a $100 fridge - never ran out of ice...lol. Ice sometime spilled out of upper freezer...

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Old 03-12-2012, 08:45 PM
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Get an old deep freezer off craigslist. Then contact your local ice company and have them deliver (fill your freezer) once a month. I bet you'll get a deal and you will always have ice. You could also get one of the ice boxes you see at gas stations, those show up on craigslist from time to time. Just get it delivered and save some $$.
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:17 PM
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Garage fridge with an icemaker, fill the freezer with ice.
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:15 PM
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If you have enough alternator capacity what about one of those 12 volt powered "ice chests"?
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...XJ9C6KHW3ZZKNM

If you're skiing/boarding most of the time (i.e. engine running) it would probably work well. If you're just chilling (pun intended) in the boat then obviously it wouldn't do you much good. You'd definitely want to wire it up to ignition switched power though if your 12 volt outlets are always on like mine.
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:42 PM
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What we need is a good ole, Tim Allen ala Tool Time TT designed replicate-able and solution...
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:45 PM
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Pretty good idea on the used freezer. A side by side would work well as the ice maker is usually at the top. You could take out everything and make the entire side an ice storage bin.

Also a good idea on the deep freezer. They can be had new for under $200. I am not sure that you would get a deal on delievered, but it would be worth a call to the local guys.
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:49 PM
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Pretty good idea on the used freezer. A side by side would work well as the ice maker is usually at the top. You could take out everything and make the entire side an ice storage bin.

Also a good idea on the deep freezer. They can be had new for under $200. I am not sure that you would get a deal on delievered, but it would be worth a call to the local guys.
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Old 03-12-2012, 11:49 PM
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When we go to Lake Powell we freeze one gallon water jugs and put them in the cooler. Keeps stuff cold and lasts a long time.
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