Many fans of backyard entertaining have beautiful and stylish fully functional outdoor kitchens. However, not everyone has an ice maker in their backyard paradise. If you want a yard that provides the perfect party location then incorporating an ice machine is a must.
The basics of a quality outdoor kitchen are as follows – a quality grill and/or oven, refrigeration, drinkable water supply and countertop space; plus, of course, attractive packaging – stone, wood or stainless steel perhaps – to tie it all together.
This will suffice for a nice afternoon for the family in the yard, but for large parties you are going to need a supply of ice. It is amazing the amount of ice fifty or more people can go through when having a good time. Odds are it is going to be more than your normal fridge freezer is capable of replacing rapidly.
It is in this situation that a high volume ice maker becomes essential. A quality unit can produce a lot of ice fast, which is essential for large scale entertaining. By purchasing an outdoors rated icemaker you can be sure that the unit is safe to use amidst the hazards of nature, and that it will be insulated well enough to function efficiently even in the heat of summer.
Do not try to install in indoor ice cube maker outdoors. They are not designed for those conditions, and will soon collect all sorts of debris, rain and insects in their interiors. Not only is this potentially unhygienic, but it is also potentially unsafe. Be sure to spend the extra for one of the many exterior rated ice makers designed with the outdoor kitchen in mind.
After your first major get together with one of these ice making machines, you will really appreciate having the constant flow of fresh ice available. There will be no more worries about having to ‘volunteer’ someone to run down to the store to buy bags of messy ice in order to keep the party going.
Your guest will appreciate how smoothly your event goes, and will certainly be impressed by the quality of your entertaining location. If you are hosting a special even such as a wedding reception these are important factors to consider.
While quality icemakers are not cheap, neither is an outdoor kitchen. If someone is going to invest their hard earned money in a beautiful backyard oasis they may as well spend the extra and do it right!