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Wife & I bought a prefab house at Assateague Pointe near Frontiertown off 611 outside of Berlin, MD.
Like practically all units, Ours came with a refrigerator/freezer, but no ice maker. ice has to be made via ice cube trays. Or, bagged ice must be purchased if going fishing/crabbing, entertaining, etc.

Am thinking of purchasing a stand alone ice maker and having it installed in the shed. Purchasing a new refrigerator/freezer with a ice maker is not an option since interior space is so limited and cabinets are built around the current small model.

What should I consider when going this option?

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...or you could don what my buddy did and take a normal cheap/free Craig's list freezer/fridge with ice maker and gut the freezer fridge and turn on the ice maker. He used a large plastic tub to collect ice in freezer .....makes all the ice he'll need. Keeps fridge/freezer on high setting and just let it fall into his tub and bottom fridge portion stays plenty cold to keep the ice. He bought ice bags online. Last time I was there ice maker was off and his freezer was fully stocked and his fridge was full of bags. Fridge was free....couple hours of time and $10 online for bags
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...or you could don what my buddy did and take a normal cheap/free Craig's list freezer/fridge with ice maker and gut the freezer fridge and turn on the ice maker. He used a large plastic tub to collect ice in freezer .....makes all the ice he'll need. Keeps fridge/freezer on high setting and just let it fall into his tub and bottom fridge portion stays plenty cold to keep the ice. He bought ice bags online. Last time I was there ice maker was off and his freezer was fully stocked and his fridge was full of bags. Fridge was free....couple hours of time and $10 online for bags


That's freaking brilliant!

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And that’s the power of drawing on others’ experiences.
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That is a dandy idea above. 

I'm currently looking for a cheap chest freezer on CL.  I fill up a gallon milk jug or two and put that in the fish cooler.  When done fishing, rinse off and put back in the freezer for the next trip.  Simple, works and no frills.  I got a small chest freezer for $20 a couple of years ago and put it over at the in-laws place.  I need another small one for the bro's place where I'm staging out of.
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You could put some water outside.

Not exactly the same but I fill up 1 liter bottles and freeze. just reuse.

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Wife & I bought a prefab house at Assateague Pointe near Frontiertown off 611 outside of Berlin, MD. Like practically all units, Ours came with a refrigerator/freezer, but no ice maker. ice has to be made via ice cube trays. Or, bagged ice must be purchased if going fishing/crabbing, entertaining, etc. Am thinking of purchasing a stand alone ice maker and having it installed in the shed. Purchasing a new refrigerator/freezer with a ice maker is not an option since interior space is so limited and cabinets are built around the current small model. What should I consider when going this option?


Does the refrigerator have the ice maker connections already in it, just doesn't have the ice maker installed?

If so the icemaker kits cost around a 150.00 and are easy to install. What make refrigerator is it.
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That is a dandy idea above. 

I'm currently looking for a cheap chest freezer on CL.  I fill up a gallon milk jug or two and put that in the fish cooler.  When done fishing, rinse off and put back in the freezer for the next trip.  Simple, works and no frills.  I got a small chest freezer for $20 a couple of years ago and put it over at the in-laws place.  I need another small one for the bro's place where I'm staging out of.


Yup^^^. I don't hunt or fish as much as I used to ....alot harder than I thought it would be with a toddler and 4 yr/o....but it's cool....therefore, I buy the cheapest 3liter bottles of crappy, generic , off brand soda from shopper FW, food lion or where ever. Have a glass of Mt Lighting (Mt. Dew) or Dr Thunder ( Dr Pepper) to remind me of my childhood and dump the rest...( honestly, not much of a soda guy anyway) . Fill with water and freeze....had same bottles for years.....rinse and repeat! I buy supplemental ice if needed. Bottles help make ice last a lot longer too!

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And that’s the power of drawing on others’ experiences.
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10-4 bud! Glad we all could help! Sure you could buy a $400 ice maker, but that's no fun!!

Edited for Just a thought.....is your shed insulated? Or at least have roof/dormer or soffit vents? Or maybe in the shade or shielded from southern exposure.....whatever you decide to put in there may/will be working hard to keep it cold. Just a thought

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Yup^^^. I don't hunt or fish as much as I used to ....alot harder than I thought it would be with a toddler and 4 yr/o....but it's cool....therefore, I buy the cheapest 3liter bottles of crappy, generic , off brand soda from shopper FW, food lion or where ever. Have a glass of Mt Lighting (Mt. Dew) or Dr Thunder ( Dr Pepper) to remind me of my childhood and dump the rest...( honestly, not much of a soda guy anyway) . Fill with water and freeze....had same bottles for years.....rinse and repeat! I buy supplemental ice if needed. Bottles help make ice last a lot longer too!


With the fishing cooler I use, I've had fish with spines (sheephead mainly) poke holes in the 2 liter bottle and ruin them.  For some reason a gallon milk jug in the same cool will last longer without getting fin holes poked into it.  Maybe it does a better job of keeping the fish from flopping around in the cooler?
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Wife has the vision of patio parties every night hence the need for ice cubes. Frozen plastic 2 liter bottles are great for summertime fishing.
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If you are probably going to buy a stand alone ice maker I can offer you this.  I have worked on or built over 25 houses with the little icemakers the size of a dishwasher and even worked on a couple of houses with two of them.  I have yet to talk to a customer of mine that had anything good to say about them.  Biggest complaints were not enough ice and slow recovery time.  Look on Craigs List or at a commercial appliance store and get yourself a larger (100 lb or more) one that can fill a couple of coolers and refill over night.   I bought one from a guy that was closing a store in ocean city 6 or 7  years ago for $500.00.  It is still running and all I have ever done is installed a pump (about $50.00) and change the filter every year ($60.00)  My neighbors come get ice all the time and when I need a lot of I start filling coolers a couple days ahead of time.  I use a lot of ice in the summer and at $5-$6 a bag it saves me a lot of money.  PS Love the refrig with ice maker and tub idea!
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Coastie, try the 3l bottles they are a noticeably thicker plastic. I've seriously been using the same bottle for close to ten years.

Artsmag, no that you've got the ice maker figured out.....time to start looking at a good quality press for all the Orange, lemon and grapefruit crush drinks you'll be making!!!! I actually received one for Christmas and can't wait to use it....I love a fresh crush

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For $70 this looks like a good solution. washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/for/d/mr-freeze-portable-ice-maker/6456314808.html
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If you are probably going to buy a stand alone ice maker I can offer you this.  I have worked on or built over 25 houses with the little icemakers the size of a dishwasher and even worked on a couple of houses with two of them.  I have yet to talk to a customer of mine that had anything good to say about them.  Biggest complaints were not enough ice and slow recovery time.  Look on Craigs List or at a commercial appliance store and get yourself a larger (100 lb or more) one that can fill a couple of coolers and refill over night.   I bought one from a guy that was closing a store in ocean city 6 or 7  years ago for $500.00.  It is still running and all I have ever done is installed a pump (about $50.00) and change the filter every year ($60.00)  My neighbors come get ice all the time and when I need a lot of I start filling coolers a couple days ahead of time.  I use a lot of ice in the summer and at $5-$6 a bag it saves me a lot of money.  PS Love the refrig with ice maker and tub idea!

I agree on all accounts but also they use a lot of water on their clean out and dumping between cycles.

Counter top models are ok, just hard to get use to when you have a large unit

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...or you could don what my buddy did and take a normal cheap/free Craig's list freezer/fridge with ice maker and gut the freezer fridge and turn on the ice maker. He used a large plastic tub to collect ice in freezer .....makes all the ice he'll need. Keeps fridge/freezer on high setting and just let it fall into his tub and bottom fridge portion stays plenty cold to keep the ice. He bought ice bags online. Last time I was there ice maker was off and his freezer was fully stocked and his fridge was full of bags. Fridge was free....couple hours of time and $10 online for bags


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Plus still room in fridge part for more beer

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For $70 this looks like a good solution. washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/for/d/mr-freeze-portable-ice-maker/6456314808.html


I just bought it!...it's now going back up on MWC for $140 😜

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https://www.amazon.com/RCA-ICE102-Red-Compact-Ice-Maker/dp/B00INXG9MY/ref=sr_1_6?s=appliances&ie=UTF8&qid=1515777461&sr=1-6&keywords=ice+makers+for+home
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Terry, I got one of those for my base to bar....works good for a mixed drinks etc, but it'll take a couple hours to make enough for one bag of ice. From what it sounded like the OP had thoughts/plans of having enough ice for parties, fishing hunting etc
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You are correct.
The “better half” fills a 5 gal jug for her trips to the pool and has given stern warning about having enough ice on hand for evening entertainment.

As the expression goes: what mama wants, mama gets.
So the freezer/frig combo has been nixed; stand alone it is. Thinking about something that makes 25# per day.

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Try looking for a restaurant/bar that has been sold. Many times you can get a commercial-grade ice machine for cheap.

This one on CL is not commercial, but seems small enough and makes 25#/day.
https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/mld/app/d/ge-ice-maker/6451314259.html
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Make sure the voltage is correct for your use.
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You are correct.
The “better half” fills a 5 gal jug for her trips to the pool and has given stern warning about having enough ice on hand
So the freezer/frig combo has been nixed;



if you get square cat litter buckets she can prep 3 days at the pool side by side, ready to roll. Of course you can do the prepping while tasting the product!!! [smile] ...and save for a new surf fishing rig......my work here is done [smile]

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Terry, I got one of those for my base to bar....works good for a mixed drinks etc, but it'll take a couple hours to make enough for one bag of ice. From what it sounded like the OP had thoughts/plans of having enough ice for parties, fishing hunting etc


Makes 26 pounds a day so 4 days you have over 100 pounds. 

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