I have been going to the hospital for IV treatments. The ice they
have is very soft.
Is there a way to convert the frezer ice maker to one of these or just
add a stand alone 15A plug in ice maker to the counter?
I would love to have one of these for my home.
Are you talking about the ice packs in a bag? That is not soft ice, it is a
frozen gel material, not just water. The jell come sin different varieties;
some freeze hard, others are flexible, depending on the chemical mix and
intended use. The ice packs are often used for shipping food items and
pharmaceuticals because they don't leak like melted ice and are accepted for
There are two or more different types of machines. Cubers and
flakers. It sounds like you are describing a flaker. I know of
no modification or of anyone making a flaker for your
Contact a local ice machine vendor and ask about a home type
flaker. I think once your hear the price, you will change your
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
For dry ice, I use a heavy towel to wrap the big chunks in. The I go at it
with a small sledge hammer. I think the crushing would aso work for water
ice. OTOH, if you take the bigger ice pieces in an ice bag, then add water
to the ice bag, you'll have a pliable ice cold bag.
Friend of mine has ice machine in his side by side. It
finally quit doing cubes or flakes. They open the door to
take cubes off the top. I lifted the ice reservoir out,
dumped out the ice. Used some hot water to melt what was
left. Dry it out, shake the bin dry. Put it all back, and it
works again. Modern miracle.
It's more than likely ice that comes from an auger
type ice maker. It can be flake ice or nugget ice.
The ice machine freezes water inside a chilled
vertical barrel and an auger pushes it up and out
through a perforated plate forming soft chewable
little nuggets of ice. There is also shaved ice
like you may see snow cones made from but I'm
guessing you're getting nugget ice. I've worked
on quite a few Scotsman ice machines that make it.
Here's a link to the type of machine that makes
the flake/nugget ice:
Ice "hardness" has a lot to do with what chemical elements are in the
water (iron, sulfur, etc). Filtered water will be much harder to crush
and clearer, whereas, water with iron will be much softer (to crush)
and less clear.
If you're just wanting ice, crushed or solid, most refrigerator/
freezerss can accomidate an ice maker. They aren't very expensive and
easy to install.
I think I know what you mean. My husband is an ice chewer, but he likes
it soft. He fills a glass with the regular hard ice cubes from our
dispenser, fills the glass with water and leaves it on the counter for
half to one hour. The ice gets much softer, it retains its shape but
almost falls apart in your mouth when you start crunching on it. Give
this a try.
The ones on campus back in college were weird- they formed the ice
around tubes, and then somehow slid them off. The ice 'cubes' looked
like big short noodles, or chunks thereof. I never got to see the guts
of one of the machines, but the ice they made did have that 'soft'
I have seen pellets in some fast food restaurants, and that ice is
soft, but the machine I am talking about is even softer.
The machine dispenses ice and water or just ice.
I go for another IV treatment tomorrow. I will get the brand name.
The machine they use can not be for home use though. I am guessing it
is at least 20A and maybe larger.
The machine is a Scotsman. I couldn't find a nameplate. I did notice
that you need water, drain and electrical.
Not something I really care to add. It would be nice in the basement,
but too convenient.
They sure do make some delicious ice though.
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