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Old 17-03-2023, 10:42   #16
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Very happy with this one! I guess most of the cheapos are the same, just differently branded.

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If the ice is only for drinks then am I missing something by planning on using the following? I'd rather not have a counter top appliance if a few small trays would work.

https://www.amazon.com/OXO-Grips-No-...0B88Q871M?th=1
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If the ice is only for drinks then am I missing something by planning on using the following? I'd rather not have a counter top appliance if a few small trays would work.

https://www.amazon.com/OXO-Grips-No-...0B88Q871M?th=1
Ok you are throwing a small deck party say 8 people a sub $100 portable ice maker will keep everyone happy but your trays are done after 2 drinks and no more for hours. Mine has been in near constant use for 3 years . Don't take long to pay for itself at 27 pounds of ice a day. Vs $4 for a 10 pound bag from the store . Let alone in a remote Anchorage.
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I was thinking about putting in a built-in ice maker but did this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Works great. I make ice and bag it up, and then put the ice maker away. It's fairly productive, and can make quite a bit of ice in a very short period of time.
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Ice trays work great... IF you only need ice for a few drinks, the next day, and have lots of room in the freezer to lay the trays out flat while they're freezing. Many marine freezers don't get much below freezing, unlike home freezers which get down to 0F. It could take a very long time to freeze a tray full of ice.

I am limited on space, too, but the countertop ice maker is well worth the room it takes up. I bring it out, make a one-gallon bag or two full of ice, stuff the bags in the freezer and then stow the ice maker. I do this when it's convenient and power is available. It runs fine off the inverter, so even underway in settled conditions works.
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Re: Cheap Ice maker

I have a typical domestic icemaker which I dont use anymore because I have swapped over to the best icemaker that I have ever owned!

It is a 2L plastic "ice cream" dish with silicone inserts. It produces 80 large solid blocks of ice every 24hr in my freezer at -15C (it has only been 12hr since refill in the pic shown).

When ready we empty into a separate bag kept in the freezer and refill the dish, taking ice from the bag as needed, that way we never run out of ice.

We dont use anywhere near 80 blocks in 24hr, so could easily build up more stock over a few days if required.Click image for larger version

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Ice trays work great... IF you only need ice for a few drinks, the next day, and have lots of room in the freezer to lay the trays out flat while they're freezing. Many marine freezers don't get much below freezing, unlike home freezers which get down to 0F. It could take a very long time to freeze a tray full of ice.

I am limited on space, too, but the countertop ice maker is well worth the room it takes up. I bring it out, make a one-gallon bag or two full of ice, stuff the bags in the freezer and then stow the ice maker. I do this when it's convenient and power is available. It runs fine off the inverter, so even underway in settled conditions works.


Seafrost sells vertical ice trays that you place up against your freezers (or refrig) cold plate so thereís direct contact with the cold plate. This avoids the problems of the long time it takes for horizontal trays not in contact with the cold plate to freeze and also avoids spilling the water in a boat thatís always moving.
They make large, square cubes which I like because just one, or two in a tall glass, lasts quite awhile. They are ruggedly made out of stainless steel with a rubber expansion strip up the side and Seafrost charges about $120 for 2 of them. Sort of expensive but I thought it worth the price to avoid having to buy and find a place to store yet another electric appliance that will eventually stop working and have to be replaced. They work great and after using them for 3 years I think it was $120 well spent.
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Been using one of these cheap countertop ice makers for years. Freezer space is limited, counter space - not as much (we put ours in the forward stateroom - no noise). Or on the stove when under way.

As the freezer gains room, we still use the ice maker - but freeze a bag from the countertop machine. So much easier than the tray routine - but also have large trays that makes larger balls and cubes for old fashioned drinks and the like.
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