Commercial Ice Bins

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Commercial ice bins are essential for storing ice when you have a modular ice machine head.

Finding the right ice bin for your commercial needs is important, allowing you to keep ice available for when you need it. Ice machine heads make the ice, but once that ice is made there is no place for it to go without a proper ice bin. Not every bin fits with every ice machine head, so always check the specs to be sure both products you choose are compatible. If you’re not sure, contact our sales team for expert assistance! There are also adapters available that will allow bins to fit with heads that typically would not go together. Commercial ice bins are available in a wide variety - from compact bins that can only hold around 200 lbs. of ice all the way up to multi-bay bins that flow into mobile ice carts that can store nearly 3,000 lbs. of ice.

Ice bins are usually not refrigerated, but they are insulated so the ice won't melt. Food-grade stainless steel or plastic is used to line ice storage containers. To stop the ice from melting too quickly so that you can meet all of your ice needs, there is insulation or a tiny air gap between the liner and bin exterior. Commercial ice bins are available in a range of sizes so they can fit in even the smallest areas of your commercial kitchen. Check out commercial ice bins and dispensers from top manufacturers like Manitowoc, Scotsman, and Ice-O-Matic.

Frequently Asked Questions About Commercial Ice Bins

How often should you empty your commercial ice bin?

You should remove any remaining ice from the bin at the end of each day or at the start of the next. If the ice is left in the bin for an extended period of time, it will eventually melt into a single large block and be too difficult to remove. Furthermore, since it is absorbing any stray aromas or bacteria that may be in the cabinet, old ice in the bin can start to taste bad. For this reason, it is advised that the interior of the bin be at least dried out each time it is emptied of old ice.

How often should you clean your commercial ice bin?

As frequently as the ice machine installed on top has to be cleaned, the bin inside also needs to be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. Cleaning the commercial ice bin at least once a month is crucial for maintaining your ice machine's parts and accessories.

Other ice storage options

Storing ice can be done in a variety of different ways. When using a modular ice machine head, you may instead prefer an ice dispenser, perfect for self-serve functions. For storing ice away from the ice machine, we have a great selection of drop-in ice bins, mobile ice bins, and ice and water stations. These products all require a separate ice machine and ice bin/dispenser, but they can provide great benefits to your operation.