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For ice?

I am the dumb guy that pays $2-$3 a bag as of now. I can spend $10 just aging one deer in a cheap cooler.

Do any of you use that "Nu-ice"
Make your own?
Volunteer at the local FD?

I used to freeze 1 liter bottles in Iraq and I could drink cold water for 36 hours if I kept a dozen piled on each other.

I am leaning towards figuring out how to make my own and stealing this idea.

http://bigice.com/Home.html


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I buy my ice but after checking out your link that will stop. It would not take long to pay for those trays at 10 lbs of ice per tray. I'm going to place a order and see how well they work.
 

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Why not use empty plastic containers for freezing you own ice? (Cool Whip, ect.) They're freee, readily available, and they work great. The only disadvantage is the ice and ice making process take up a lot of room. You might also try emptying your ice maker's hopper into plastic bags and saving that for later use.
 

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I still use some old blue ice I've had for years. I'll also freeze some ice in plastic bottles. Square plastic containers would do a great job also.
 

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those Chinese soup pint containers make nice stackable blocks of ice. Gallon zip lock bags filled 1/2 full laid on their side makes nice flat sheets of ice that can be broken up too. They stack easily in the freezer. Gallon or 1/2 gal milk jugs frozen gives you a block and as it melts drinking water. I like the shape because it is also "squareish" . 2 liter drink bottles are ok too. When I had an ice maker once a week I would empty it and save the ice in my deep freezer, keeps the drinking ice fresh and keeping a freezer full also makes it use less energy to stay cold. When my freezer gets low I add bottles of water just to "hold the cold"
I think I will save that money for my boat :)
 

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it's tough to beat the road side vending machines for ice. In williamston you can get 20lbs of bulk ice for $2 and it's open 24/7. 20lbs is enough to near fill a standard size cooler.
 

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Cut the top off a 2 liter, fill it with water the night before, dump the ice in cooler in the morning. Works better with flat sided bottles. I have a huge collection of bottles in my room
 

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I usually just get mine out of ice maker in my freezer. My ice needs are pretty much just for icing down a few drinks for the day. If it is going to be real hot or I need my ice to last I will supplement the cubes with a block, freezing my bottled water also helps. Walmart sells some ice makers for 1-200 dollars that make 10-30 lbs a day.
 

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We have a Howe ice flaker at work that has a maximum storage capacity of 2800 pounds and is always full so I don't feel bad about taking some.
 

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For a regular day of inshore fishing I just dump some ice out of my freezers ice maker into the cooler. If I'm going offshore or nearshore fishing for cobia I'll spend $5 and buy 40 pounds of ice from the ice machine on the side of the road. If I'm going on an extended trip I'll make my own block ice to put at the bottom of the cooler, freeze a case of water bottles then add my food/drinks and add 20-40 pounds of roadside ice machine ice to the top of it. That usually lasts me a 4 day camping trip.
 

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the big ice trays would reduce the amount of ice you'd need to buy but it would also make it a lot harder to keep your catch evenly iced if that was all you were to use
 

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I bought some Rubbermaid containers last week probably 8"x12". I have been freezing them and making ice 2-3" thick. I have some experimenting to do on busting it up but it is going to work.

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I think laying a block on the bottom and busting some pieces to put on top will work.

Try and fail is my method ROFL

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