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Cube Ice Machine Sizing Guide

Approximate Ice Cube Needs Per Day Sizing
Foodservice: Restaurant .... 1.5 lbs. per person
Cocktail .... 3 lbs. per person/seat
Water Glass .... 4 oz. per 10 oz. glass
Salad Bar .... 30 lbs. per cu. ft.
Fast Food .... 5 oz. per 7-10 oz. drink
12 oz. per 18-24 oz. drink
Lodging: Guest Ice .... 5 lbs. per room
Restaurant .... 1.5 lbs. per person/seat
Cocktail .... 3 lbs. per person/seat
Catering .... 1 lb. per person
Healthcare: Patient Ice .... 10 lbs. per patient
Cafeteria .... 1 lb. per person
Beverage .... 6 oz. per 12 oz. drink
10oz. per 20 oz. drink
16 oz. per 32 oz. drink
Cold Plate .... 50% more ice per day
Packaged Ice .... Lbs. per bag X bags sold per day
Drinks .... 40% ice per drink X number of drinks served on peak day

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 the 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 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 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.