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Old 04-28-2017, 08:10 AM
 
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I know. Strange question, but I will be camping in the Des Moines area for a week or two, and am looking for a place that sells blocks of ice, rather than bags of ice, since blocks of ice last longer. Thanks.
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Old 04-28-2017, 11:07 AM
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I solved this problem by getting a well-insulated cooler because there are dozens of places to get bagged ice, but I've never seen any block ice available for non-commercial use. The suppliers I know of sell large quantities to trucking companies, not one or two blocks for parties.

That said, these guys deal in dry ice and might have some ideas:

Airgas Dry Ice Store
Des Moines: E Court Ave
1720 E Court Ave
Des Moines, IA 50316
Store Number: ADI120
(515) 262-3572
Fax: (515) 262-6581
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7:00am - 4:00pm
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Old 04-28-2017, 11:36 AM
 
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I tried to find block ice awhile ago. No luck.

Solved my need by doing it myself.

Simply filed a couple 1/2 gallon empty plastic milk jugs with water and froze them.

After I was done, I started to wonder why I was willing to pay someone for something I could do so easily and cheaply myself.
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Old 04-28-2017, 03:15 PM
 
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Might want to call Saylorville Marina. A lot of times marinas will have blocks for boaters and fishermen.
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Old 04-30-2017, 07:50 PM
 
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I find this interesting. I have never been in the market for blocks of ice, but since reading this thread I've noticed that at every corner store I've passed this weekend here in Phoenix advertises ice in blocks. There is also a free standing, huge ice and water"vending" building where you put in money and you can fill gallon jugs of water or buy ice by the bag or in blocks.

I know​ this doesn't help the OP, but I wonder why it's plentiful in one city but seemingly non existent in another?
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Old 05-01-2017, 10:01 AM
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I know​ this doesn't help the OP, but I wonder why it's plentiful in one city but seemingly non existent in another?
I dunno. Maybe because temps get over 100 out there for a prolonged period of time? Maybe more people have parties with large punch bowls that need chilling? Maybe they're used in swamp coolers, which are more popular out there, due to the lower humidity.

As someone suggested earlier on the thread, if I need a block of ice, I fill up a gallon milk jug about three-fourths full and freeze it. Otherwise, I go get a bag of ice down at the Hy-Vee.
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Old 05-01-2017, 12:21 PM
 
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We were down in Mountain Home, AR last year and were surprised by the number of 'ice houses' that self dispensed blocks scattered around the town, then realized it was because the area is a huge boating/fishing area and the big blocks do well in the wells. Haven't seen that many since living in Chicago where there are still some legacy "Lang Ice" houses originally from the icebox days.
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Old 05-01-2017, 12:37 PM
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Haven't seen that many since living in Chicago where there are still some legacy "Lang Ice" houses originally from the icebox days.
Cool! Something else: even the Amish no longer use iceboxes. Most have progressed to using propane or natural gas.
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Old 05-02-2017, 08:40 AM
 
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Not sure. I am from Minnesota where temperatures don't get like those of Phoenix. Usually outside of any gas station there is a big cooler full of ice. On one side there is cubes and on the other there are blocks.

Perhaps this is because camping is one of the largest past times in Minnesota? Literally any gas staion off of a freeway and outside of town carries blocks of ice.
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Old 10-02-2017, 12:12 AM
 
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Well, five months after moving to the Des Moines area, I found a place that sells blocks of ice, even though I don't currently have a need for a block of ice! The Hyvee on Mills Civic sells them. Who would have thought?
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