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Types Of Ice & Production Explained

Types Of Ice & Production Explained

Ice In Glass Types of Ice & Daily Production Expectations: 

  • Flaker Ice – Daily production for Flaker Ice is 150 to 2,600 pounds.  This type of ice comes in the form of a snowflake and is used for food displays. Flaker Ice has a 73% Ice to Water Ratio.
  • Nugget Ice – Daily production for Nugget Ice starts at 150 pounds per day. This type of is crunchy and chewable compacted Flaker Ice. Nugget Ice has a 90% Ice to Water Ratio.
  • Half-Diced Ice – Daily production for Half-Diced Ice is 130 to 3,300 pounds. This type of ice generally measures in at generally 3/8” x 1 1/8” x 7/8” and is the most popular soda ice.  Half-Diced Ice has a 100% Ice to Water Ratio.
  • Diced Ice – Daily production for Diced Ice is 60 to 2,000 pounds. This type of ice generally measures in at generally 7/8” x 7/8” x 7/8”.  Diced Ice has a 100% Ice to Water Ratio.
  • Crushed Ice – Daily production for Crushed Ice is up to 2,000 pounds. This type of ice is either diced or half-diced ice that has been crushed into smaller pieces.  Crushed Ice has a 100% Ice to Water Ratio.
  • Tubular Ice – Daily production for Tubular Ice is 30 to 184 pounds. This type of ice is long and round with a hold in the center, softer, and chewable.  Tubular Ice has a 100% Ice to Water Ratio.
  • Gourmet Ice – Daily production for Gourmet Ice is 60 to 1,000 pounds. This type of ice is typically used when creating craft cocktails.  It is hard and clear and comes in shapes such as octagon, round, or square.  Gourmet Ice has a 100% Ice to Water Ratio.

If you would like expert advice regarding the right kind of ice for your customer-base, contact the team at American Services today!  Our team of refrigeration experts near Ladue understand the ins and outs of all ice machines and can get you set-up with a free estimate.  Call today and get the ice you need tomorrow!

Alternative Heating Sources

Alternative Heating Sources

solor heating in MOAmerican Services Heating and Cooling installation service in Missouri knows that there are many options when it comes to commercial heating systems.

One such option is for heat transfer fluids.  If you are considering solar heating heat transfer systems, be sure to consult the local authority in your area to find out what exactly is required for your geographic area.

Water is one type of substance that is effective as a heat transfer fluid, particularly with its low viscosity property which makes it easy to pump. Drawbacks are its low boiling point and high freezing point, and the fact that water can be corrosive and cause mineral deposits.

Glycol and water mixtures are made up of a 50/50 or 60/40 glycol-to-water ratio. Ethylene and propylene glycol make up the properties of antifreeze.

Hydrocarbon oils have a higher viscosity and lower specific heat than water meaning they need more energy for circulation.  With a low freezing point, these types of oils tend to be relatively less expensive than some others.     The basic categories of hydrocarbon oils are synthetic hydrocarbons, paraffin hydrocarbons, and aromatic refined mineral oils. Synthetic hydrocarbons are relatively nontoxic and require little maintenance. Paraffin hydrocarbons have a wider temperature range between freezing and boiling points than water, but they are toxic and require a double-walled, closed-loop heat exchanger. Aromatic oils are the least viscous of the hydrocarbon oils.

Refrigerants are commonly used in refrigerators, air conditioners, and heat pumps as the primary heat transfer fluid. They generally have a low boiling point and a high heat capacity which enables a small amount of the refrigerant to transfer a large amount of heat very efficiently.

If you currently own a refrigerant-charged solar system that requires maintenance, contact us today at American Services and we will sent out a qualified technician.

Active solar heating uses solar energy to heat transfer fluid or air, which then transfers the solar heat to an interior  storage system for later use. Solar heating systems can be implemented as a supplement to other heating systems such as radiant heating, boilers, heat pumps, or forced-air heating systems.

Active solar heating systems are actually most cost-effective in cold climates that have good solar resources.  Liquid and air systems are good choices for forced air supplemental heating. Note that commercial systems usually come with warranties of 10 years or more and usually last much longer.