posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 07:03 AM
Ice storage for the homeowner is accomplished in this manner.
Dig a hole / cellar. The hole will need to have a ceiling three feet below the surface.
Start with a layer of straw or saw dust, this is to keep the ice clean and insulated.
Add Ice layer. Must use Block Ice, the larger block, the better, but you still must be able to move it. Normal blocks would be in the 25-50 pound
size. Fit the blocks tightly to fill the first layer. Cover with another layer of straw or saw dust, repeat the process until your “cellar” is
The Ice stored in this manner would last until the next year. This process will be done yearly.
The Ice would be cut from fresh water ponds and lakes during the hard freeze of winter.
This process would not be able to be performed today for two reasons. First, the lakes and ponds no longer freeze over as thickly as they did a 100
to150 years ago.
Second, which is most important, the fresh water ponds and lakes are polluted.
Another side note. Japan harvest Icebergs, Ships will hook a tow line to an iceberg and tow it back to Japan for resale.