Buying an Ice Machine for Your Snack Bar

little league snack barWith spring in full bloom, the sound of batted balls, popping mitts, and competitive chatter has filled the majority of baseball and softball diamonds across the country. The beginning of America’s national pastime signifies the end of winter, and the start of longer, warmer days. This also means that it’s time to dust the cobwebs out of the old concession stand, and fire up the grill or griddle for business once again. You may also require a new ice machine for your snack bar so you can serve those delicious, ice cold beverages on hot summer days.

If you run a concession stand or snack bar, the challenges you face are a bit different from those in a commercial restaurant. You may close up shop during the winter, and most of your equipment is probably used seasonally, which could help or hinder its performance depending on how it is stored and cared for. Today however, we focus on finding the proper ice machine for your snack bar, and will provide information on what you should look for when searching for a new snack bar ice machine.

The snack bar ice machine will be used far less than an ice machine in a bar or restaurant. Knowing this, we can assume that the daily ice requirements will be lower as well, and an undercounter ice machine, a countertop ice maker, or a small ice making head and bin should suffice for your ice making purposes. Which type of ice making unit you choose depends largely on the setup of your snack bar, the climate in which you live, and how you wish to serve ice to your customers.

Countertop ice makers are a good idea if you wish to allow your customers uninhibited access to ice. Ice makers like Scotsman’s MDT5N25A are incredibly convenient, as they can make over 500 pounds of nugget ice per day, and are compact enough to sit on any standard counter. They also dispense ice and water, making them a high quality, practical ice maker. If there is a drawback to having the MDT5N25A in your snack bar, it is that ice use is not easily regulated by those running the snack bar, and customers are generally allowed to help themselves to the ice they desire.

Ice-O-Matic ICEU150 Undercounter Ice MakerUndercounter ice makers allow for much greater control over ice consumption, and they require very little space to operate. Ice-O-Matic’s ICEU150 can make up to 150 pounds of cubed ice per day, and requires no more than 24 inches of horizontal space to operate. The ICEU150 stands no taller than 40 inches. Undercounter ice makers, while self-contained and compact, can still provide a good deal of ice making power. Some of the highest producing undercounters can make north of 300 pounds of ice per day. These high production undercounter ice makers all have a bin capacity around 100 pounds. You can read more about high-production undercounter ice makers by following the link provided.

While most snack bars are appropriately housed and are not exposed to the elements, some may be negatively affected by heat or rain. If your snack bar is not air conditioned and located in the south or Midwest, your ice maker may produce ice at a slower pace than an ice maker in a cooler environment. In this case, you may want to consider a small ice making head and bin combination to ensure ice is on hand when needed. Some undercounter ice makers are approved for outdoor use, so if you live in a suitable climate, you may want to consider the outdoor ice makers mentioned here.

Before your snack bar is overwhelmed with thirsty ball players clamoring for ice cold beverages, be sure you are adequately prepared for the rush! Our selection of undercounter ice machines, countertop ice makers, and ice machine and bin combinations is unmatched by anyone on the web. If you’re looking for a quality ice machine or ice maker for your snack bar or concession stand, be sure to consider the variety of options available at Ice Machines Plus.