Ice Builders

Dairy Heritage ice builders are a versatile cooling option for your processing plant.  They work well for cooling milk after vat pasteurization, cooling plate packs, and cooling ice cream tanks.

How an ice builder works

An ice builder is a large water tank with cooling pipes running through it. A compressor pumps cold refrigerant through the pipes, causing ice to build on them. This ice cools the water in the tank.

This cold water is then available for cooling in your plant. As the cold water is used, it becomes warm and returns to the ice builder. This incoming warm water depletes the supply of ice. Because of this, an ice builder needs downtime to rebuild its ice supply.  The downtime will vary depending on your processing environment.

Choosing an ice builder or a chiller for your cooling needs

Ice builders and chillers are two different cooling solutions for a processing plant. To decide which to buy, you’ll have to consider your specific needs. Chillers work well if you need a steady amount of cooling over a long period of time. Ice builders work best if you need large amounts of cooling at specific times during the day. Here are some more factors to consider:

  • Chillers consume a lot of power.  If you’re on a peak meter for electricity, the power company will bill you as if the chiller were running all day long.

  • You may need to install new electrical service in your building to handle the power needs of a chiller.  Otherwise, you could experience brownouts while the chiller is running.

  • Ice builders will be constantly rebuilding the ice supply while in use.  This can take time, and works best if you need cooling off and on throughout the day.

  • Ice builders can rebuild ice during the night, while you’re not processing.

  • Ice builders and chillers are for cooling while processing.  Walk-in coolers and freezers are cooled separately.


Features

Stainless tube set


Resources

3,500 lb. Ice Builder Spec Sheet (PDF)

5,700 lb. Ice Builder Spec Sheet (PDF)

8,000 lb. Ice Builder Spec Sheet (PDF)

12,600 lb. Ice Builder Spec Sheet (PDF)

Ice Builder



Ice Builder Mock Up