- $35. That’s enough by itself.
- Tongs. You could supply your own ice scoop, but the buckets are a lousy shape for ice scoops. Tongs are completely incapable of moving enough ice for the efficient home bartender.
- Insulate as much as you like, if there’s no refrigeration, there will be some melting. And when meltwater contacts ice, it speeds the melting. Restaurants have ice makers with refrigeration, but they almost never dispense ice directly; they use ice bins with drains that remove meltwater to keep ice dry and solid.
- 2 plastic bins($2 together)
- 1 ice scoop ($1.)
- Pieces of scrap material (I’m using scrap cardboard) to act as spacers (effectively free)
- Glue gun or other adhesive
You have made the bin. Now:
Step 4: Clean it.
You know how to do dishes, right?
Step 5: Fill with ice.
Step 6: Use it.
Step 7: Take all the credit for a clever idea.
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