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    Cheaper alternative for an Ice bin

    Has any one considered using an actual cooler for a Bar top drop in? Something like the picture below, which you can get from Amazon for about $150 (supposedly made out of SS) Minus handles, legs and opener.

    Actual drop in ice bins are probably 3-4x more expensive and about half the size.

    I can see framing around it and having your countertop (eg. Granite) cut out around the top, maybe add some SS trim for looks (and to hide any silicone/sealant needed so as to prevent water to enter through the gaps between cooler and countertop)

    They also usually have threaded drains so coupling to a pipe can easily be done too.

    Completely crazy idea?
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    Re: Cheaper alternative for an Ice bin

    Sounds like a good plan to me.
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    Re: Cheaper alternative for an Ice bin

    Couldn't you just use a stainless steel sink and insulate it with aerosol styrofoam, or enclose it with extruded foam sheets and fill the gaps with the aerosol foam? Plumbing the drain would be a snap and scrubbing it out would be easy.

    Ice chests tend to get stinky after a while, and I've tossed more than a few that ended up somehow swelling and deforming internally.
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    Re: Cheaper alternative for an Ice bin

    Richard that's a good alternative my wife suggested it as well, I think the issue would be available volume because of depth limitations (too shallow) and because of the curved bottom.

    Having said that, the stink issue could be a real problem.


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    Re: Cheaper alternative for an Ice bin

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320 View Post
    Couldn't you just use a stainless steel sink and insulate it with aerosol styrofoam, or enclose it with extruded foam sheets and fill the gaps with the aerosol foam? Plumbing the drain would be a snap and scrubbing it out would be easy.

    Ice chests tend to get stinky after a while, and I've tossed more than a few that ended up somehow swelling and deforming internally.
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    Re: Cheaper alternative for an Ice bin

    I seriously considered using this sink - 32 Inch Undermount Deep Single Bowl with some extra insulation and a homemade HDPE lid as a drop in cooler. In the end I realized I didn't have the counterspace available, but I wound up using it for my sink anyway.

    I figure if I ever need to I can dump a bunch of ice in there, and if I wind up doing that a lot I'll insulate underneath (although it is already rubber coated).

    Honestly, so much of the stuff that's sold specifically for BBQ islands is ridiculously overpriced. $700 for a 15" sink? Really??? You're much better off doing something creative and saving yourself some $$.
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    Re: Cheaper alternative for an Ice bin

    While not quite the same, I took a regular ol plastic Coleman cooler, removed the handles and hinges, and built a weathered wood (old cedar fence comes in handy) enclosure and hinged top around it. It sits on the pool deck. It works great. Using the one you want in a countertop would be even easier, because you lid would be left exposed. I had to finegale the hinge points on mine to make sure it opened and closed corectly.


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