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What Size Commercial Ice Machine Do I Need?

This Ice Machine sizing guide is meant to be used as a rule of thumb. It is not an exact science but it can help you plan out the size of machine and the uses it can be put to.


Food Service Ice Usage Guide
•Restaurant: 2 lbs. per person
•Cocktails: 3 lbs. per seat
•Water Glass: 4 oz. per 10 oz. glass
•Salad Bar: 30 lbs. per cubic foot
•Quick Service:
5 oz. per 7-12 oz. cup
8 oz. per 12-16 oz. cup
12 oz. per 16-24 oz. cup.

Convenience Store Ice Usage Guide
•Cold Plates: 50% more per day
•Packaged Ice: 10 lbs per bag times bags sold per day
5oz. per 7-12 oz. cup
8oz. per 12-16 oz. cup
12oz. per 16-24 oz. cup

Healthcare Ice Usage Guide
•Patients: 10 lbs. per bed
•Cafeteria: 1.5 lbs. per person

Lodging Ice Usage Guide
•Guest Ice: 5 lbs. per room
•Catering: 1.5 lbs. per person

Schools Ice Usage Guide
•Cafeteria: 1.5 lbs. per student

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