Can my ice machine live outdoors?

October 26, 2016

Q: I have a fishing boat, can I put my ice machine outside?


Commercial ice machines are intended for indoor use.  When they are placed outside, they are subject to rust and other damages from weather conditions as well as corrosion from salty sea air.




Pictured above is a Hoshizaki KM-901MAH/B900PF/HS2035. It produces 912 lbs. of ice in a  24 hour period and stores 660 pounds of ice. 


Most of the upright ice machines we sell come as a cuber and bin combination in sizes that we think are a good fit for the food service industry, if you are interested in other cuber and bin combinations, or buying just a cuber or bin by itself, let your customer service person know and they can tell you about your options


The ice maker to left is a Manitowoc UY-0310A and it is designed to go under a counter. It's production is only 300 lbs per 24 hour period with a non-modular storage capacity  of 100 lbs. It's smaller size makes it a great option to fit into smaller commercial kitchens, bars and lounges or any other indoor areas. 


The damage caused by outdoor exposure to your ice maker won't be covered under warranty and could void your warranty completely, so it's best to find an area indoors for your ice machine. Ice machines work best in areas that are kept at 50-70° F. Too cold, and you risk damaging the ice machine with frost, too hot, and the ice maker will have to work extra hard to make ice, wearing out the machine prematurely. 



If you have more questions you can ask them here on REA and you can always call or send us an e-mail, 1-800-BIG-TRAY (1-800-244-8729) or


Shop all Ice Machines

Shop all Ice Machines w/bin, 501-999 lbs.

Shop all Ice Machines w/bin, 1000+ lbs.


Have a question, or ready for a quote? Call us at 800-244-9729, or email us today!



Please reload

The equipment brands you trust. The prices you need.

Rob Amstel -
Entrepreneur, Speaker & Author

Get FREE standard ground shipping on orders over $250 when shipped within the contiguous USA.


Price Match Guarantee: 
BigTray Guarantees the Lowest Price
We will match or beat the delivered price of any valid quote or advertised price within the contiguous USA — including special orders!

Business Plan

Writing A-Z

(Valued at $250)

Learn all you need in order to create a

stellar business plan for your endeavor!

Search By Tags
Please reload

Copyright © 2000-2019 BigTray, Inc. All rights reserved. 

  • Facebook Social Icon
  • Twitter Social Icon
  • YouTube Social  Icon
1-800-BIG-TRAY (1-800-244-8729)