What is an Ice Storage Bin?
In terms of producing and making ice, an ice machine bin generally works the same as a regular ice machine in that it can create different kinds and shapes of ice depending on the requirement of a particular establishment. An ice cube bin can either produce dice cube ice, flake ice, half dice cube, and nugget ice.
The quality of commercial ice bins are often judged on three criteria: the space they take up in a particular establishment, the amount of ice they can produce on a daily basis, and the storage capacity of the ice bin. The first is important because kitchen space in a bar, pub, tavern, restaurant, or deli is at a premium, and a commercial ice bin will have to compete for other equipment and machines inside a kitchen. The second is essential because one must make sure that there is enough ice to go about on a daily basis for a particular establishment. The third, particularly, is especially true for ice bins for bars and restaurants or any other establishment that needs ice that is ready to serve.
It is therefore important to make sure that your ice maker bin is of the correct size and capacity depending on what you require for your restaurant or bar's ice-making needs.
Sizes and Capacities of Commercial Ice Bins
One of the most important things to consider when looking for an ice storage bin is the size of the ice bin. Because the ice bin serves as the storage section of the machine, it helps hold the ice after it is made. There are generally three capacities (in pounds) and sizes/widths (in inches) of bins available: 400 to 700 pounds, over 700 pounds, and under 400 pounds; twenty-two to thirty inches, thirty to forty-eight inches, and over forty-eight inches.
The standard-type ice storage bins are often found under the ice machine itself are considered undercounter ice bins. On the other hand, countertop freezer ice bins are the kind of fridge bins that are commonly found in grocery stores and supermarkets. These kinds of ice cube bins are usually situated beneath the ice machine and can either be filled automatically or filled manually. Ice bins that are used on hotels are similar to countertop ice bins but are generally larger.
Stand-alone or modular commercial ice bins are generally larger and can dispense a bigger amount of ice compared to an undercounter ice bin, which are usually smaller and compact versions of the stand-alone machines. Undercounter ice bins are made to fit smaller spaces or kitchens and are ideal as ice bins for bars because bars have relatively smaller kitchens compared to other establishments like restaurants.
Ice Maker Bins Available at Rapids Wholesale
We at Rapids Wholesale offer Manitowoc ice bins and Scotsman ice bins.
Founded in 1902, Manitowoc has since branched into commercial refrigeration equipment in the 1920s and now leads the industry in providing innovative refrigeration products for the food-service market. Depending on the ice-producing needs of your commercial establishment, here at Rapids Wholesale you can choose from Manitowoc ice bins of different capacities: from 400 to 700 pounds, over 700 pounds, and under 400 pounds.
Introducing a crystal-clear, mineral-free, and slow-melting ice in 1950, Scotsman Ice Systems changed ice machines and beverages forever. It has been on the cutting edge of ice-machine innovation ever since and now offers one of the broadest lines of energy-efficient ice maker machines in the market today. Here at Rapids Wholesale, you can choose from a great selection of Scotsman ice bins of different sizes/widths: from twenty-two to thirty inches, thirty to forty-eight inches, and more than forty-eight inches.