RF15I - DCS 15" Built-In Ice Maker - 35lb. Capacity
DCS 15" Built-In Ice Maker - 35lb. Capacity
The DCS by Fisher & Paykel 15" Ice Maker (RF15I) is going to remove a lot of worry and running-around when it comes to outdoor living and entertainment. This outdoor ice maker provides a seemingly limitless supply of ice on tap for any occasion - up to 35 pounds of clear ice a day. Its brushed stainless steel finish and built-in application adds a level of sophistication to any space.
The DCS ice maker is unique in forming ice, using fractional freezing to form a slab of ice that is clear and has less mineral content than the water it is produced from. This is accomplished by running water over the cold evaporator plate which gradually freezes the water to produce the ice slab. Mineral deposits are left in the reservoir, and not contained in the cube itself. When the ice slab reaches the correct thickness determined by the temperature of the evaporator plate, the electronic control switches to the harvest cycle to harvest the ice.
During the harvest cycle, the ice slab falls from the evaporator to the ice grid cutter. Here, the ice slab is cut into 3/4" squares by the grid cutter's heated wires. During the harvest cycle, the drain valve will remain open for 45 seconds to drain the reservoir of remaining deposits and Presto! - just like that, you and your guests are enjoying ice-cold lemonades and daiquiris without ever having to trek back and forth from the house.
NOTE: The DCS drain pump (RF15I) is required to run this unit, and it is not included with the ice maker
Completely Automatic Operation:Ice production will continue until the ice maker's bin is full and will restart automatically when ice needs to be replenished
Durable and Sturdy Construction:Brushed stainless steel exterior with leveling legs
- Necessary Accessory: The DCS Drain Pump (RF15I) is necessary for the ice maker to function
Ice Maker Basics
Types of Ice
Ice can be divided into several different colors and shapes. For example, clear ice is a restaurant-quality gourmet ice whose impurities have been removed (as well as the "cloudy" appearance of regular ice). This ice is completely odorless and tasteless, and this helps to make clear ice makers more expensive.
Also found in a variety of shapes, ice can be formed into cubes, cylinders, crescents, and more. Cylindrical ice is rounded and often has an indentation in the top and a rounded out bottom. Crescent ice cubes are similar to those made in refrigerator ice makers: long with flat tops and round bottoms. At present, crushed ice cannot be made in family-sized ice machines, but only in commercial machines.
Portable Ice Makers
The biggest benefit of a portable ice maker is that it does not require a permanent water line. Instead, they plug into a standard outlet and water must be poured into them to keep them running. These portable units make ice very quickly, but since they are not freezers, they will not keep the ice frozen. When the ice melts, the machine will recycle the water to make more ice. If you need a ton of ice made, you will need to empty these units frequently, as they only hold a small fraction of their full ice-making capacity.
Built-In Ice Makers
Built-in ice makers require a permanent water line, and therefore should be installed by a professional plumber. Some of these units also need a drain line to easily drain residual water from the ice makers. Built-in ice makers can store much more ice than a portable unit, and they can also keep the ice frozen longer.
Some built-in ice makers can be used outdoors, but only those that specifically say so. Otherwise, they will not be able to keep the ice frozen in high-temperature environments like the outdoors. Some ice makers meet ADA standards to be easily used by the elderly and disabled. Some built-in ice makers can accept custom door panels to blend in with existing cabinetry, and their descriptions will specify whether or not this is the case.
Storage of Ice
Most ice makers have a greater production capacity than storage capacity, which means that you can only store a fraction of what ice makers produce in a small amount of time. Keep in mind the storage and production capacities when deciding on which ice maker to buy.
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