Time to Buy a New Ice Machine? What to Look for

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Two Different Ice MachinesIce machines are one of the ‘grunts’ of the kitchen, constantly in use and long-suffering. It is easy to just keeping using yours until it breaks down and you have to buy a new one. But how do you deal with the sudden lack of ice? Is there a better way to handle the switch?

Signs You Need a New Ice Machine

Ice machines seem simple enough on the surface – their main function after all is to make ice. But there are a surprising number of factors to consider when deciding whether or not to upgrade:

  • Energy efficiency gets better the newer your machine. In some cases, the cost of upgrading might be made up within a couple of years of energy savings, which makes it nearly a no-brainer.
  • Sheer volume might inspire you to upgrade if your old machine just can’t keep up with your customers’ needs.
  • Cubic footage is always at a premium in a commercial kitchen, and finding out that there’s a machine that makes the same amount of ice in half the space is huge.
  • Types of ice vary a surprising amount, and if you find that a new twist to your menu or prep process means suddenly you need more crushed than cubes or flake than blocks, a new machine can be the only answer.
  • Maintenance schedules are the final and most common reason why an ice machine gets replaced; when you reach a point where predicted maintenance costs outstrip new machine costs, the choice is obvious.


Get Ready for Kickoff: The Necessary Restaurant Equipment for Football Season

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Tailgating Football FansFootball Season starts September 4th — is your restaurant ready? The football crowd has its own dynamic and its own wants and needs; if your restaurant equipment is not up to the demands they are going to place on it, you may be leaving money on the table. So what exactly do you need?


There is nothing the football crowd loves more than deep-fried food. Hot wings, chicken fingers, onion rings, french fries, and mozzarella sticks; these should all be a snap for your kitchen to pump out when the guys arrive for their ritual of beer and carb-coated snacks dipped in boiling oil. Fryers should be easy to access and well-maintained, because they are going to be seeing a lot of use this season.


Did we mention beer? There’s a good reason for that; it’s always been popular among the football crowd. This season, it’s going to get cranked up another notch as craft beers become the standard in many places from the Pacific Northwest to the Alamo. Kegerators combine the fresh-from-the-fridge taste of a bottle with the direct-to-the-mug convenience of draught — be sure you’re equipped.  (more…)

Another Ice-O-Matic Ice Machine Joins the Energy Star Family

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Iceomatc_ICEU220HAThe folks at Ice-O-Matic, makers of marvelous ice machines and dispensers, have outdone themselves yet again on the energy efficiency front. The Ice-O-Matic brand already has plenty of ice machines that are Energy Star-approved, and has recently added another to the lineup: the ICEU226A. This space-saving, ice-making beauty saves as much or more energy than its counterpart ice machines of the same capacity. In addition to its superior energy-saving capabilities, the ICEU226A has a production rate of up to 251 pounds of ice per day, interior anti-microbial protection, and an anti-corrosion stainless steel exterior. No wonder Energy Star gave it the seal of approval. (more…)

Choosing the Right Ice Machines for Your School

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Ice machines are a vital component of any kitchen, be it in a large restaurant, a mom-and-pop diner, or a school cafeteria. Ice machines are used in schools to chill food in the serving line, as additions to soft drinks, and even in medical capacities. Athletic programs need ice to treat sports injuries, making ice machines an important part of a school’s sports facility. School nurses often make use of school ice machines, as well. In lieu of a countertop ice maker or a large in-office freezer, school nurses can use ice from the school’s cafeteria ice makers and use it throughout the day as needed. Because schools utilize ice machines regularly, having quality ice machines is important to keep things running smoothly in a school kitchen day after day.

Here are some tips from ShortOrder that will help you choose the ice machine you need for your school, plus some bonus tips for maintaining ice machines.

How Much Ice Will You Need?

First, you will need to make sure your ice machine will keep up with the needs of your school. Aim for about 1.5 pounds of ice per student when deciding what size ice machine you should purchase.

What Kind of Ice Do You Need?

To choose between different ice machines, you should next decide what types of ice you need. Dice sized, half dice sized, flake ice, and nugget ice are all common options of ice types in ice machines. Cubed ice is generally limited to food service settings, while flake and nugget ice are flexible in use and can be used in medical settings, as for sports injuries or in a nurse’s office.

Where Will You Put the Ice Machine?

The last thing you want is to buy an ice machine, only to find you have no place to put it! Measure the spaces in your kitchen where an ice machine could potentially fit, as well as the dimensions of the doors into the kitchen, factor in how much ice you will need on average, then shop with those dimensions in mind. You should also allow five to eight inches on either side for maneuverability. If you will need a compressor, remember to factor that into your configuration, as well.

Choose Your Ice Machine’s Brand

When choosing between ice machines, it’s best to go with a quality brand that will stand up to regular use and continue to produce quality ice day in and day out. Manitowoc ice machines and Scotsman ice machines are both dependable and energy-efficient options for ice machines.

Choose the Best Price

Saving money is always a concern for schools, especially when ordering new equipment. Order ice machines and other restaurant equipment through ShortOrder, and receive free freight and consistently low prices. In fact, we will beat any ice machine’s advertised price by refunding 110% of the difference.

After You Buy Your Ice Machine

Once you purchase your ice machine, make sure you change the water filter at least twice yearly, since dirty ice can make students ill. Also be sure that you clean and maintain your ice machine properly to save energy.

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Going Steady With Scotsman Ice Machines

Friday, July 6th, 2012

There’s something to be said for consistency. Your customers rely on it, and so do you. Consistency is what makes your dishes famous and your customers coming back for more. Consistency is what allows you to turn on the stove and expect the flame to ignite every time. While we tend to overlook the simplicity of reliable performance, without it, where would we be? With Scotsman Ice Machines, you’ll get bin after bin of fresh, cold ice. In fact, almost every one of the Scotsman Ice Machines has earned our Editor’s Choice award and five star rating.

Scotsman Ice Machines are not only reliable, they’re efficient too. Prodigy® cubers like the Scotsman Ice Machine C0530MA-32B/B530S exceed both California and Federal regulations for the use of energy and water. And who says reliability has to be old fashioned? This machine has indicator lights to alert you when its time to sanitize or descale, operational data that can be shown onscreen or remotely and an ultrasonic ice control system that allows you keep ice levels exactly where you want them. And with a hefty capacity of 536 lbs, that’s a lot of flexibility in one piece of restaurant equipment.

Then there is the Scotsman Ice Machine AFE424A-1A. This guy fits under the counter, producing flake style ice up to 400 lbs a day, 80 lb bin storage capacity. So your produce and seafood stay fresh and chilled. Short Order carries Scotsman Ice Machines in just about every shape and size, ranging from the petite models with 24 pounds of storage to heads that produce 1900 lbs a day.

But when it comes down to it, whatever the size of the machine or the shape of the cube, and whatever your use. consistency is what you want most in an ice machine, and that’s where Scotsman Ice Machines take the lead. Thanks, Scotsman Ice Machines, for keeping the food industry that much cooler.

Manitowoc Ice Machines: A Cool Choice

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

It is only spring and an unexpected heat wave is seizing your town with an unheard of fiery grip. The news media is touting it as “unheralded” and “record breaking.” As luck would have it all the other restaurant equipment has been working just fine, and now that blasted ice machine is on the fritz again. No amount of MacGyver-like magic seems to fix it this time, and your employees are ferrying in half melted bags of ice by the truckload. And although you might be wearing a parka while reading this, it is never too late to replace that dinosaur of an ice machine, or buy a new one that lasts. One of the more popular brands to consider is our line of Manitowoc Ice Machines.

You swore to yourself that before summer you would look into purchasing a new ice machine for your establishment. With Manitowoc Ice Machines, you don’t need to worry about circuitry failures or broken parts. With Manitowoc, you pretty much just set it and forget it, heat wave or ice storm. When patrons come in to your place all clamoring for something cold and refreshing you will be able to give them a frosty cold beverage every time. From dice-sized ice production and nugget ice makers to small under-counter ice cubers and the Manitowoc Ice Machine ID-1402A/B-970/208/1which produces a whopping 1500 pounds of ice in 24 hours – Manitowoc has ice covered.

Because you never know when subpar restaurant equipment might take the week off, or when freakish and unseasonable weather might strike, its best to be prepared. When it comes to ice, Manitowoc Ice Machines will keep you and your beverages looking and feeling very cool.

Manitowoc Ice Machines: Admiring Ice Production

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Ice is pretty important. You can skate on it; build an igloo and cute little sculptures out of it. It’s not all that fun to drive on, or scrape off car windows, but that doesn’t diminish the fact that we need ice. In fact, try running your establishment for just one day without any ice and you’ll notice its importance really quickly. From making tasty iced teas and iced coffees to chilling hors d’ oeuvres, blending the perfect cocktail and using in meat displays, you will likely need ice and lot’s of it. For that, Short Order carries such a nice selection of cool (yes, pun intended) Manitowoc Ice Machines that it would make a penguin happy.

Of course, any restaurant equipment is only cool if it is well built, reliable, and efficient. Manitowoc Ice Machines are widely considered one of the most reliable in the market place and available service reports rate them highly. They also utilize a system that efficiently minimizes water wasted and the cost to produce ice. All Manitowoc Ice Machines are made to be durable.

In fact, with the IndigoManitowoc Ice Machine ID-0322A/208/1, you get an amazing space-saving design, intelligent diagnostics, programmable ice production, and a Duratech stainless finish that resists fingerprints and dirt. With up to 350 lbs of daily ice production, you probably could build an igloo too. Now, if you’re trying to build a village of igloos or just need substantially more ice for your food service operations, the IndigoManitowoc Ice Machine IY-1004A/208/1, produces a walloping 1,020 pounds of ice production per day and includes all the same great features that are expected in a high quality ice machine.

At Short Order, whether its making ice sculptures or a playground for penguins, we believe that what you do with your restaurant equipment is your business. But, when it comes to high-quality and reliability we have you covered. 

Now Serving – Football special! Kegerator Review And Honey Chicken Wings

Thursday, September 15th, 2011


Well, it’s September. School’s back in full swing, football has begun and Labor Day is gone. People have already begun the countdown to Christmas! Don’t worry, I’m not going there (102). I hope everyone has a fabulous September, one without earthquakes, hurricanes, wildfires or record breaking temperatures. I think as a whole, the US has had enough weather-related news!

No matter the what Mother Nature delivers, ShortOrder.com is ready to deliver your most needed equipment. Most of our inventory is in stock and ready to ship to you. We are also continuing our special discounting program for those with a ShortOrder account. Don’t have an account? Create one today! Just log in with your first and last name and your email address, and you will be able to see steep discounts on many of our most popular items.

Enough about us! Please join me in congratulating Kelly Osborne – August’s winner for our product review drawing! You can earn some money while helping other people out. Go to Shortorder.com and submit a product review! We’re giving away a $50 ShortOrder.com Gift Card to one reviewer per month.

Don’t forget to check out the clearance section, full of scratch and dent and discontinued inventory! These products have only minor physical imperfections and are protected by the full manufacturer warranty. Clearance inventory changes often so check our clearance section often for the best deals.

In this issue: We sound off on a Beverage Air BM23, a recipe for Honey Chicken Wings, and our Featured Items: Scotsman ice machines, a Panasonic microwave and Beverage Air Kegerators.

Remember, this newsletter is for you and if there is anything you’d like to know more about – give us a shout! We’d love to hear from you.


Tylee Van Waes

Scotsman Counter Top Ice Makers: Ice Machines a Penguin Would Love

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Last week, Short Order extolled the virtues of the fabulous flake ice Scotsman Ice Machine C0322MA-1B. Today, we feature another extraordinary piece of restaurant equipment in the Scotsman ice machine category, a nugget icemaker, the Scotsman Ice Machine MDT6N90A-1H. This is an extremely reliable counter top ice machine even the emperor penguin would love to order for his Antarctic home.

This TouchFree® air and water cooled ice maker and dispenser comes with a shiny European design with rounded corners, produces up to 720 pounds of nugget ice in 24 hours and stores up to 90 pounds in the bin. That’s enough ice to nearly create a mini Antarctic iceberg, but you’ll probably be adding this ice to beverages, a salad bar or for restaurant cold display.

With 25 percent less fan noise, the MDT6N90A-1H machine is also very quiet, and documentation suggests it can be installed even in the “quietest hallways.” The TouchFree feature allows the user to dispense the ice with just one hand, keeping both machine and ice clean and sanitary. With dimensions of 35.19″W x 45.75″H x 29.25″D, this ice machine is big enough to power your cold, icy needs but small enough to remain unobtrusively out of the way.

Our editors give this machine a 5-Star rating because of its great efficiency, low-operating costs and long-term reliability. And of course, all Scotsman ice machines come with an impressive warranty.

If you’re looking for something a bit on the smaller side and one that dispenses flaked ice, rather than nugget ice, look no further than another of the remarkable TouchFree® ice makers, the Scotsman Ice Machine MDT3F12A-1H. With dimensions of 14″W x 34.25″H x 23.67″D, this compact and beautiful machine will fit almost any nook and cranny. This counter top ice machine also gets a 5-Star rating from Short Order and a friendly little wings-up from our penguin here too.

We here at Short Order are proud to offer Scotsman ice machines along with other top-notch restaurant equipment.

Ice, Ice Baby—from Scotsman Ice Machines, That Is

Monday, April 18th, 2011

You know how much we love our ice machines at Short Order. Well, we have another reason for extolling the virtues of our Scotsman Ice Machines. Besides the fact that they are resilient, of super quality and efficient, we just discovered a new occasion to cheer.

On April 12th, Scotsman Ice Systems was recognized for energy efficiency by ENERGY STAR® in a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The 2011 ENERGY STAR Award for Excellence in energy-efficient products, homes and buildings is sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency.

How cool is that? Almost as cool as the ice!

“Energy efficiency is not only good for the environment, but it also improves the bottom line for our users,” said Mark McClanahan, president, Scotsman Ice Systems. “With a Prodigy ENERGY STAR-qualified ice machine, Scotsman customers can realize as much as a 20 percent energy saving on average, or approximately $710 annually.”

Scotsman offers more than 50 ENERGY STAR-rated ice machines.  We’re proud to offer a great selection of them from our top-notch inventory of restaurant equipment, such as our Scotsman Ice Machine C0322MA-1B.

Scotsman nugget and flake ice machines use up to 50 percent less water and 15 percent less energy than cube machines due to a more efficient ice-making process.  That can add up to a spectacular savings for both your restaurant and the environment at large.

An additional 25 Scotsman Ice Machines are also rated for the maximum “Consortium of Energy Efficiency” (CEE) Tier 3-rated performance criteria, which exceeds the current ENERGY STAR standard. Wow, more than half are better than best. In fact, Scotsman has more CEE Tier 3-certified machines than any other ice machine manufacturer.

So what’s so special about receiving the ENERGY STAR award? The EPA introduced ENERGY STAR in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants associated with energy use.

At Short Order, we’re proud to carry Scotsman Ice Machines.

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