Ice has been a stick in the eye for us the last couple of years. I happened to notice a block of ice didn't seem as heavy as it use to. Thought I might just be getting stronger in my old age.
But I noticed that the ice was full of air bubbles. So what are they doing now? Are they making ice with air being pumped in, so it melts faster now and that you have to buy more often?
And then this year I noticed the blocks were just crushed up party ice re-frozen. You could see the round holes. One of those would only last about a 1-1/2 days. Where before I remember 3 days out of a block.
SOooo, in response I've installed a small freezer
and an additional refrigerator
. I've also installed a second large battery
bank which was in the plans anyway and I'm going for some solar panels
to carry the load in the near future. I make enough ice to keep the old ice box cool and store fruits, veggies and thawing meats, anything to keep out of the heat. Or an over-flow for the frig.
But to answer the OP question; The PNW of USA ice runs from $1 to $3 a block depending on where you get it. The more remote/touristy the more the ice........... But available anywhere there is a store or marina.