Ice Business Starter

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How to Start an ice business

start your own ice business

start your own ice business

Which machine

When you decide to start an ice business the ideal machine to use would be an  320 kg per 24 hours machine (NW608) and a 320 kg bin (B320). These machines are single phase 220 volt machines so a normal household plug can run the machine with no problem. Using a smaller machine would be a 240 kg per 24 hours which is about R5000.00 rand cheaper, for that saving you are loosing about one third of the ice capacity, when you consider ice bags are packed in 4 kg packs and 240 kg’s will amount to 60 bags of ice, a normal size 210 liter house hold freezer hold 20 bags of 4 kg ice, this means a 240 kg machine will fill 3 freezers full of ice per 24 hours, you will be able to refill 4 or 5 places you supply ice to every 24 hrs, this is not much and in a few weeks you will be looking to buy another machine and kicking yourself for not spending the extra and getting a machine with a 100 kg’s more, looking ahead two 320 kg machines is not much more expensive than one 700 kg machine so when purchasing a second machine you will not be wasting, also the problem with one machine is when it stops you have no ice, two smaller machines will at least leave you with half capacity still being supplied. (do not put all your eggs in one basket)

NW608 scotsman ice machine

What ice shape

The types of ice are square (cube or dice) dice cube scotsman and round (gourmet) scotsman guormet ice machines that are available in south Africa, the gourmet cube is a bigger and much more preferred cube, however the machine is about twice the price of a dice cube machine, so to start I would suggest a dice cube machine, later when your client base has grown  you can get a gourmet cube machine and selective clients can be supplied with gourmet cubes, if you start with a gourmet cube machine you will end up supplying people gourmet ice at a huge cost to fill their cooler boxes which is a waste

Water Filters are an option to keep in mind

Depending on the water condition you may want to consider installing a water filter, The inline filters simply connect between the tap and the machine.

Ice machine water filers

Ice machine water filers

How to seal bags

Heat sealers are always the way everyone wants to start with, The alternative is to get a packet of small cable ties from the hardware shop and use them, they are cheap and will never open once closed.

impulse sealer for ice bags

impulse sealer for ice bags

cable ties for ice bags

cable ties for ice bags

How to store ice

To store ice start with a 500 liter chest freezer, this freezer will hold 50 four kg’s bags of ice, if need be another freezer can later be purchased, if ever you install a freezer room then the freezers can be used in clients shops to hold ice.

CF590 freezer for ice

CF590 freezer for ice

Plastic Bags

Two sizes available HERE

plastic bags for ice

plastic bags for ice

Weight

You may want to weigh the ice bags from time to time, a small scale would be advisable

scale to weigh ice bags

scale to weigh ice bags

Under voltage protection

Protection against voltage surges may be considered if the electricity supply where you are situated is not very stable

voltage protection for ice machines single phase

voltage protection for ice machines single phase

How to transport ice

Transporting ice is done in a van that is insulated, it can be transported in an insulated box like an old chest freezer, the box does not need to be refrigerated unless the ice will be in the box for a period longer than 3 or 4 hours

All that is left now is to bag the iceclick to view scotsman EC176 brochuredeliver it ice business south africa

and get people to eat it 🙂

Water Pre-Cooler

Once Business is booming and you have two or more large machines it will be time to consider a pre-water cooler

Water Chillers to precool water for ice machines (improves production by up to 35%

water chiller for ice machine

water chiller for ice machine

  • Process Cooling Applications
  • Manufactured in South Africa
  • 12 month warranty
  • Can be wall mounted
  • 3/4 inch inlet and outlet
  • 50 litres per hour (bigger units are available on request)

Water booster pump

If you have a problem with water pressure or are using borehole water from a jojo tank, a water booster pump will be needed

lp13-low-pressure-water-pump-1

lp13-low-pressure-water-pump-1

ice cube meal

Good luck on your new venture