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Old 03-30-2015, 01:51 AM   #1
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Are propane ice makers available?

We will be boondocking more and could really use some type of ice maker that doesn't require electricilty. We don't need a refrigerator, just a small ice maker. Is anyone familiar with a propane operated ice maker? I haven't had any luck searching the internet.

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Old 03-30-2015, 04:17 AM   #2
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Ice cube tray in the trailer freezer?

I have never seen a stand alone propane powered ice maker. I have seen freezers, but they aren't what I would call portable.


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Old 03-30-2015, 06:03 AM   #3
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This page explains the lack of them. Basically, how are you going to mechanically dump the ice without electricity?
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Old 03-30-2015, 07:38 AM   #4
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I have been around for a long time but have never seen any such thing. It takes a lot of cooling power to make ice, and doing it with propane and absorption refrigeration is not a high cooling power situation.

This is one place that electric refrigeration is vastly more practical than propane.
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Old 03-30-2015, 03:55 PM   #5
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My experience. I installed a stock ice maker in the freezer of the "stock" Dometic 9 cu ft fridge in my new Classic. Not difficult to do, either. (Of course, I had to pull the fridge out to do it -- but I had to do that anyway to wire in solar and 30 Amp Magnum MSH inverter.) The ice maker came with everything I needed except the 1/4 inch tubing and valve required to tap into the water system. I did this a couple of months ago and the ice maker produces just as much ice in my Dometic as it would in the home refrigerator. Ice makers are built with a thermostatic control that activates a mold heater (to release the ice) and a mechanism to eject the ice from the machine. Of course, there's also a solenoid valve that opens to release the water into the ice maker. The main factor with an ice maker is "does the freezer get cold enough to produce ice." My Dometic most assuredly does this, either when I'm on 120V or propane. (I did wire the ice maker into my 120V inverter circuits so I can make ice when the Dometic is on propane.) I also have a switch to shut off the 120V if I'm boon docking and am majorly conserving power. Bottom line: if your Dometic is healthy and can do a hard freeze on food, it'll do a hard freeze on ice. Total cost of the ice maker and all the fixings is under $150.
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