Ice wells are a necessity for bars, pubs, clubs and any other establishment that uses a large volume of ice during the course of their business day. As it stands, ice is the single most used product in a bar setting since it is used in virtually every cocktail or drink the bar serves. It’s not always practical for an ice machine to be directly located in the bar area because they are typically large and bulky, so the bars and clubs make use of ice wells. These ice wells come in all shapes and sizes and can be custom built to the requirements of the establishment, being made to fit in particular locations. This is important when the available space may be limited.
Though the ice well comes in all shapes and sizes, the one thing that remains constant and is in fact an important feature, is that the ice wells are insulated to assist in slowing down the melting of the ice so there is less waste. Most are freestanding and they are double layered, meaning that the inner skin of the well is actually separate from the outer skin of the ice well with a layer of insulation included in between the two areas.
Despite the fact that ice wells are made of a variety of different materials, the best ones are crafted of stainless steel because they are durable and easier to clean than those made of other materials. They are also less likely to harbor any foreign bacteria which may cause illness.
There are several things that you must take into consideration before jumping in and buying just any of the ice wells available on the market, or even having one custom made. First of all, you need to consider the amount of space you have available. The amount of space available to the ice well will have to depend on the volume of ice that will be consumed in a given period of time or you will find yourself spending more time filling it than anything else. Take a good look at how your area is setup and make the best possible use of your space, allowing plenty of room for your ice well.