How to Make Ice Without a Refrigerator

By Shelly Schumacher

We don't typically think about the procedure required to form ice. However, behind this seemingly simple compound is a very complicated scientific process. When cooled, water forms crystals that eventually bond into a solid piece of ice. With modern conveniences such as refrigerators with built-in ice makers, the availability of ice is often taken for granted. Making ice without a refrigerator takes a bit of ingenuity; however, it can be easily accomplished with the right outside temperatures or the use of alternate appliances.

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Make Ice Without a Refrigerator

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Step 1

Place water in an ice-cube tray or other container.

Step 2

Check the outside temperature to ensure it is below freezing (32 degrees Fahrenheit).

Step 3

Place ice-cube tray outside in an area where it will not be disturbed.

Step 4

Allow water to set outside for at least four hours or until completely solid.

Step 5

Fill ice-cube trays with water.

Step 6

Place trays into stand-alone freezer.

Step 7

Allow water to freeze for at least four hours or until completely solid.

Step 8

If you are near a frozen pond or lake, use an ice auger to bore into the frozen water.

Step 9

Cut the ice away using a chisel, hammer or large saw.

Step 10

Pull up ice block with ice tongs.

Step 11

Chip away at ice block with an ice pic to create cubes.