Ice Machine Sizing in Tampa Bay, FL



Approximate Foodservice Ice Cube Needs Per Day:
 
Restaurant
 
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1-1/2 lbs. per person
 
 
Cocktail
 
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3 lbs. per person/seat
 
 
Water Glass
 
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4 oz. per 10 oz. glass
 
 
Salad Bar
 
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30 lbs. per cubic foot
 
 
Fast Food
 
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5 oz. per 7-10 oz. drink, 8 oz. per 12-16 oz. drink, and 12 oz. per 18-24 oz. drink
 
Lodging
 
Guest Ice
 
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5 lbs. per room
 
 
Restaurant
 
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1-1/2 lbs. per person/seat
 
 
Cocktail
 
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3 lbs. per person/seat
 
 
Catering
 
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1 lb. per person
 
convenience store
 
Beverage
 
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6 oz. per 12 oz. drink, 10 oz. per 20 oz. drink, 16 oz. per 32 oz. drink
 
 
Cold Plate
 
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50% more ice per day
 
 
Packaged Ice
 
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Lbs. per bag x bags sold per day
 
Beverage Service
 
Drinks
 
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40% ice per drink x number of drinks served on peak day
 
Sizing
In any business, ice needs are rarely uniform. For example, more ice is needed in summer than in winter and on weekends than on weekdays. Size your Ice Machine and storage bin to meet your peak needs.

Avoid sizing a new Ice Machine solely on the performance of your present equipment. The age and mechanical condition of your present Ice Machine may mislead you in determining the production capacity you need. Remember, surrounding air and incoming water temperatures affect the quantity of ice a machine produces. Determine what these temperatures will be during times of peak usage, then verify your selection from the machine's production chart. The Ice Usage Guide above will help you calculate your production requirements based on your peak needs. After calculating how much ice you expect to need, add 20% to accommodate future business growth. Taking the time to correctly size ice making equipment assures ample ice supply during peak periods.
installation hints
 
dimensions
Be sure components will fit through doorways, down halls, and into the installation space. Once installed, most Ice Machines must have at least 5" to 8" of clearance above, behind and on both sides.
 
location
Locate the Ice Machine in an area where the ambient air temperature stays between 35°F. and 110°F.
 
connections
Electrical and water connections must be within 6' of the Ice Machine. Connections must meet local, state, and national codes.
 
plumbing requirements
 
  • Ice Machine must be connected to cold water supply.
  • Water temperature: minimum 33°F, maximum 90°F.
  • Ice making water pressure: minimum 20 psi, maximum 80 psi.
  • Condenser water pressure (water-cooled models): minimum 20 psi, maximum 150 psi.
 
  • Use separate drain lines for ice machine and storage bin.
  • Ice machine drain tubing: 1/2" minimum I.D.
  • Bin drain tubing 3/4" minimum I.D.
  • Ice-making water drain and bin drain must be vented to the atmosphere.