Monday, December 30, 2013

Candy Cane Lane in Edmonton does not live up to the hype.

image of a decorated house on Candy Cane Lane in Edmonton.
Best of the bunch
"Is that it?" I said to a friend of mine as we drove through Candy Cane Lane.  A couple of houses were worth looking at but most were like any other house you might see driving through Edmonton.  Nothing spectacular, nothing worth the fuss people make about Candy Cane Lane each year in Edmonton.  Frankly if there was a house decorating contest across Edmonton,  I doubt any of the houses on the lane would of been in the top 10.  Most wouldn't be in the top 100.  Too many houses did the bare minimum.  There were few if any houses that made you stop and stare in awe.  Certainly wouldn't be a place I would suggest taking a lady on a date.

In no way am I saying they should cancel Candy Cane Lane.  We need more low cost things to do in Edmonton, not less.  What should happen is the City of Edmonton should step up and help motivate the people who live on Candy Cane Lane to do a better job decorating their houses.  Make it an attraction that anyone who comes to Edmonton during the holiday season will make a point of seeing. 

I don't know how this would be done.  Maybe the city would pay for the power and even provide a prize to the best decorated house.  If residents don't want to commercialize the lane with annoying signs they could commercialize the main website which likely gets a lot of hits to generate some revenue which could be used to offset the cost of lights.  Maybe even get a company like Canadian Tire to donate xmas decorations.  The point is, Candy Cane Lane is part of the Christmas fabric of Edmonton.  Each year families and friends pile into cars and trucks to experience an outing that costs next to nothing.  Instead of sending those people home disappointed which has been the case both times I have gone to the lane, send people home talking about how AWESOME Candy Cane Lane is.  






Monday, December 16, 2013

Big trucks, big loads, big bags of ice, what do they have in common?

Big trucks, big loads and big bags of ice all have big and Alberta in common.  Forget ice road truckers and come to Alberta to see oil sand truckers. Semi's pulling buildings, big metal pieces of a building, prefab pipes, structures and anything else you can imagine.   Half the reason the road to Fort McMurray is so treacherous is because everyday big rigs pulling apparatuses too big for a single lane of highway are chugging down that road  leaving vehicles coming in the other direction to hug the shoulder of the road.

Nothing quite like seeing a house coming right at you to make the heart of an ice delivery truck driver beat faster.  Pilot trucks don't help much except to foreshadow something monstrous is coming down the highway which you have to move over for.  There is no share the highway, it is more get off the highway or get mushed.

The picture to the right was probably the oddest thing I have ever seen on the road.  About the length of a football field, metal and looking for a home.  Felt sorry for the guy driving the truck because there is no drivers training for big and awkward.  It is on the job learning where you take it slow and hope you arrive in one piece I imagine.


Sadly for ice truck drivers like myself sights like this are becoming the norm in Edmonton and surrounding area.  Every day you see some odd looking piece of machinery being pulled and/or pushed by trucks.  The question that always comes to mind and why I say they should have a reality TV show based on the big crazy looking stuff they haul around Alberta is what the heck is that thing for?

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Monday, December 2, 2013

No blizzard, just freezing rain to make ice delivery in Edmonton fun, fun.

The only time I really ever experienced freezing rain was in Ohio when I use to sell software to powerplants.  I knew it got ugly after I checked in to my hotel the night before but wasn't prepared for a CM of ice covering the car in the morning.  I didn't have a scrapper, likely because they rarely needed one in Ohio. I  I had to use an old cassette player cover.  Don't ask me how I managed to find an old cassette player cover.  Likely should of held onto it as it is a collectors item.

I still don't really get how rain even exists to be frozen when it is cold out.  Seems counter intuitive that water, way up in the sky would remain water when if memory serves it is colder way up in the clouds.
Yet this fine Monday morning when I hopped into my car and started driving there was rain or sticky rain as I call it because it would stick to my windshield forcing me the ice delivery man to scrape as he drove.  Might not sound like the safest of things to do but it was safer than not seeing where you were going.  I wasn't driving the ice truck at that point.  Not many ice deliveries in Edmonton at 6 am in the morning.  I was driving my beater of a car which always has the check engine light on.  My car does not generate enough heat to melt the freezing rain as it freezes to the windshield.  I had to finally resort to windshield wiping fluid the freezing rain.  Water versus chemicals and for a brief moment I won until the rain fought back leaving me blind behind rain turned to ice on my windshield.

How was your drive to work this morning?

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Is packaged ice really used to build pipelines?

Is it getting hot in here asks the welder as he sits in the little shack covering two ends of a big metal pipe.
Image of how pipelines are built.
Avoid heat stroke with water and ice.
 Lucky for that welder Columbia Ice is there with packaged ice to help keep the well paid blow torches  cool and refreshed.

That is right ladies and gents.  When the big strong men and women of Canada go off to build one of those dreaded pipelines, they will need cool water where there are no taps or fridges.  To accomplish this some very smart person invented big orange Thermos's to keep water in and use packaged ice to cool the water down.

Sadly making ice using a traditional refrigerator just won't make enough ice for the job so these big pipe building companies have to give us at Columbia Ice a call.  We provide the ice and ice merchandisers to keep the ice in and some water company supplies the water.  Workers are kept hydrated on the job and not in the hospital with heat exhaustion which makes everyone happy.  Worker gets paid, pipeline gets paid and last but not least Columbia Ice gets paid.  Thus when you look at pipelines, when you look at powerplants and other large factories packaged ice in a small way helped those structures be build.

Packaged Ice keeps water cool.
If you work at a company or own a company that does a lot of work in the summer water and ice will help keep your workers working and your WCB claims low.  If memory serves WCB has a program by which if you take measures before something bad happens, your company can actually reduce its WCB rate.  Work safe, play safe, be safe.





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Friday, November 8, 2013

Be nice to PAG Automotive or get ready for flying ice.

The icemen of Edmonton's ice company, Columbia Ice are a loyal bunch.  When it comes to keeping our trucks running there is one man we depend on who always comes through for us with a smile and that is Peter and the car guy's of PAG Automotive.
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It is hard to find a good mechanic you trust who can fit you in at a moments notice.  Our relationship with Peter the owner of PAG Automotive is extremely important to us.  Without him and his small army of mechanics we wouldn't be able to keep up with our deliveries.  This is why it is quite bothersome to us when a certain nearby business continues to interact with Peter in what can only be described as an inappropriate and negative way.  Every business when forced to share parking and yard spaces is going to have frustrations and annoyances.  It is one of the realities of doing business when you don't own your own building.  To succeed you have to be able to get along.  Yelling at people, being rude, condescending and basically a dick might work in the short-term, but in the long-term it only alienates your neighbours who you may need help from someday.  Furthermore with search engines using social media and reviews to determine who shows up in search being a dick to people can back fire in a way that can negatively affect a business.  Google for example is more likely to show a website which has a lot of positive reviews over one that has a lot of negative reviews.   The higher up you appear in search, the more business leads you get.  Being a dick might be fun but it can also cost you a whole heck of a lot of business.

In a social media powered world you can't afford to be crude or rude.  Digital ink is never forgotten or not seen by the spiders that crawl the net for Google and friends.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Did Arctic Glacier buy Polar Ice, the same company that sued Arctic in 2007?

For anyone who has ever been really bored and researched the wonderful world of bagged ice, they likely ran into one of the many articles talking about Polar Ice suing "Arctic [Glacier] for breaching the Competition Act and unlawfully interfering with Polar Ice’s existing and potential clients."  In the Edmonton ice industry it was well known that Polar Ice and Arctic Glacier did not get along which is why it is somewhat of a surprise to hear Arctic Glacier purchasing Polar Ice.

Arctic Glaciers new ice plant.
No more Polar Ice.
I say somewhat of a surprise because much has changed since 2007.  Antitrust issues in 2009 forced Arctic to change the way Arctic did business, along with costing the company a small fortune, leading to bankruptcy protection.  This resulted in Arctic Glacier, a once proud Canadian company donning stars and stripes after they got bought out from bankruptcy by an American investment firm H.I.G. Capital in 2012.  Even though things began to look up for the beleaguered company, life got worse in Arctic's Edmonton plant which literally went up with smoke right before the summer rush in 2013, from an ammonia leak.  Polar Ice, a small ice company during the same time had been trying to sell as the owner Jerry Antoniuk wanted to get out of the ice industry.  Thus even though Polar Ice and Arctic Glacier were bitter enemies in 2007, circumstance had created a scenario by which Arctic could purchase Polar.

If you are wondering why Arctic didn't simply rebuild, the answer is time and money.  Even though they got a credit-line for a $150 million dollars, years of not having money while facing anti-trust issues likely had left many of the plants needing upgrades.  Logically that money would of been earmarked for Arctic's larger US markets which dwarf the Canadian ones.  Furthermore, building an ice plant from scratch does not happen quickly.  At Columbia Ice, through the ice maker's grapevine, we heard time estimates from many months to 2 years to build another 100 ton plant.  Buying Polar Ice was really Arctic's only option in Edmonton if they wanted to stop shipping ice from across the country, killing profits and start producing packaged ice locally.  Even then the purchase of Polar is more of a stop gap than a long term solution as Arctic still needs to make up approximately 60 tons of production.  Likely in the future they will have to build another plant, but until then they can make some ice here in Edmonton.

What does this mean for consumers in Edmonton and Alberta?  It means higher prices across the board as there is one less ice company in the Edmonton market, less ice being made locally along with an increase of demand from places like Fort McMurray and Fort Saskatchewan.  It is just simple supply and demand.  The supply of ice drops, the demand rises causing the price of ice to go up.  For larger companies who have price locked in this likely won't be an issue for a few years.  However for people who are throwing smaller parties, having weddings or even the non-big brand liquor stores things could get a lot more expensive as options and supply for bagged ice dwindle.  Expect to pay more for packaged ice in Edmonton next summer.  Until then as we say in the ice business.  Stay cool.

*Update:  It is 2015 now, two years since this article was written.  Since then Arctic Glacier purchased Western Ice which had large ice factories in Calgary and British Columbia.  As predicted the Polar solution was short lived as Arctic Glacier gutted Polar's old plant, using it instead to house ice shipped from Calgary much like a distributor would.

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Monday, August 5, 2013

How many large bags of ice does your wedding use?

A couple shares a drink at their wedding.
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One of the staples of the ice distribution industry is weddings.  When a couple gets married, they tend to need ice for the bar because apparently people at weddings like to drink.  When it comes to beer, cocktails and root beer for the kids, people want the liquid to have a nice chill to it which is why they need ice.  The question that needs to be asked is how much ice is enough ice to keep the drinks cold?

At Columbia Ice we generally say one large bag is good for 10 people.  A large bag of ice is 25 lbs so it works out to 2.5 lbs of ice per person.  So if you are having a wedding with 100 people you would likely need about 10 large bags of ice.  

In terms of whether it is more cost effective to order from us than picking up large bags of ice at one of our partner locations it all depends on how much ice you need.  For any wedding with over 150 people it is likely more cost effective to email us at ice@columbiaice.ca or call us at 780-960-7161.  We can deliver smaller orders, however there will be a delivery surcharge for small orders.  Weddings often are on weekends so it is hard to justify paying someone to come in on a Saturday or Sunday for just a small order of ice so we tend to say 15 bags is the minimum if you want free delivery.  

The good news is we work with some really awesome liquor stores in the Edmonton area who have been kind enough to sell big bags of ice for pickup.  Even better is our partner locations also tend to have really good prices on liquor and drinks.  In one swoop you could pick up the drinks and ice.  

For all your wedding ice needs, give Columbia Ice a call at 780-960-7161.  We are Edmonton's ice company.  

Monday, July 22, 2013

Tylenol and Columbia Ice, a cure for Migraines

Women with headache wishing she had some ice.
Need a bag of Columbia Ice to calm the brain?
It is just good practise to ice down your brain now and then because like most pieces of machinery it can overheat when you use it too much.  This is especially true of coffee drinkers who brave the menus at Starbucks and Second Cup where choice was taken to extreme lengths. It is also true when the Iceman has a killer headache.  Take a few Tylenol, two bags of ice and sleep the pain away.  One bag of ice for the forehead and one bag of ice for the back of the neck.

Is this medical approved advice?  Hell no, I work at an ice factory, never been to medical school in my life.  I haven't even walked into the medical wing at the local University.  It is just what I do to cure the brain that is in pain.   Where did this magic formula for relief come from?

I played basketball.  That was the line I used to meet my first girlfriend and it is also where I learned to use ice to cure what ailed me.  Ankle got blue and purple a little ice bought it back to normal.  A knee wasn't feeling so hot, ice to cool it down and make the hurt feel good.  Ice seemed to be the Mr. Miyagi for my injuries, so when the head started to pound it seemed only logical to try ice to make the pain go away.

You don't have to use Columbia Ice for the ice although if you live in Edmonton you really should because we are a locally owned and operated company.  We are not owned by an American corporation.  Our ice is proudly Canadian.  

For all your ice needs give Columbia Ice a call, we are Alberta's ice company.  


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Monday, July 8, 2013

Strange things you see delivering ice in Alberta

Big rigs hauling giant barrels for the oil patch.
Things you see bringing ice to the masses in Edmonton.
They should have a reality TV show about all the odd looking pieces of equipment big rigs haul to the oil patch in Alberta.  They should also consider including a what the heck do I do when there is a big semi heading towards me with a gigantic barrel on the back taking up 1.5 lanes in a 2 lane highway.  You can't day dream when driving on Alberta's roads because then .5 of you will become part of the barrel.  From what I hear it is no fun being part of a barrel.  Even delivering ice is better than becoming part of the barrel.

If you happen to need ice delivered in Edmonton give Columbia Ice a call at 780-960-7161.


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Monday, June 24, 2013

Can't fly the friendly skies without party ice.

A plane and party ice leaves for a trip to the great north.
Where do they get the ice to keep cocktails cold?
When a flight stewardess offers you a drink on a plane often they will offer to put it in a glass of cubbed ice to keep the drink cold.  If you happen to be getting that drink on an airplane that loaded up in Edmonton, AB and happen to take the right airline which shall remain nameless.  You will be using Columbia Ice.  Our ice won't look any different than ice you got on any other plane.  It won't taste different either because our ice tastes like ice just like ice on other planes tends to taste like ice.  Imagine ice tasting like ice.

Once a week the Iceman drives out to the airport.  Has to go through the security mumbo jumbo and then fill up big ice merchandisers in the belly of the airport.  The ice is then brought by the men and women of the tarmac to the planes where it is used to keep your drinks cold.

If you happen to be throwing a party and want some ice that tastes like ice, Columbia Ice is who you call to get ice from Edmonton's ice distributor.

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Bearded dragons, cats, lost dogs and the men of ice.

It is always interesting to me what type of pets people have.  I always wonder what does the type of pet a person has, say about that person.  If I had dogs it would likely say I am a dog person and if I have a cat it would suggest I am a cat person.  However what if I have both?  What if I have two dogs and two cats what does it say about the Iceman?  It is contradictory to have two cats and dogs.  Like trying to have mortal enemies get along and be friends.  It is ludicrous,  insane, nutty and another example of how spending time around ice or in a big freezer can lead to frostbite on the brain because normal people don't try to contradict the age old batter of cat versus dog.  Want to know what is more insane to have for a pet in Alberta where the winter will make the abominable snowman look to take a tropic vacation?  

Having a bearded dragon is crazy and without logic.  Who looks at Alberta and things hey lets get a lizard when there are big old dogs needing love.  Don't believe me, give one of our many not for profit dog rescue charities a call.  They have big dogs, little dogs, abused dogs, loud dogs and even quiet ones for you take home with you to give a loving home.  the very notion of taking a lizard from somewhere warm to our ice cold piece of the world just seems wrong.  Did anyone ask the bearded dragon if it wanted to come to Alberta?  

Ernie Graveline the owner of Columbia Ice did.  Although he didn't kidnap the bearded dragon or purchase it, Ernie did save the cute little guy from his daughter who decided to go to school instead of staying home to take care of the critter leaving Ernie to save the day.  Forget dogs, forget cats Ernie said as he stared into the eyes of the puffy faced dragon, it was love at first site.. that is until the dragon decided to go to the washroom.  Then love required a nose plug, lots of tissue and a very understanding wife who allowed the dragon space to cuddle with its man, Ernie. 

At Columbia Ice we might make and sell party ice, but our first love is our pets.  

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Monday, May 27, 2013

The competitive world of water and ice in Alberta.

Anyone who is aware of current events knows that Alberta has been in the news a lot lately in regards to the oil sands. We got the oil and the world wants our oil.  One of the interesting parts of the whole oil industry in Alberta is learning the different types of businesses needed to power the development of the oil sands.  One particular business which is of interest to us at Columbia Ice is water and ice companies in Alberta.  Often water and ice companies don't make their own ice, instead focusing on producing water for residential and commercial use.  It is the commercial use of water which is where we come in.

Water companies will bid on contracts for shut downs which is when big factories, powerplants or industrial sites stop production to upgrade and fix machinery.  During a shut down workers from all around are brought in for long hours and water is needed to keep them hydrated.  To keep the water cold water companies will add a small bag of ice which is where we come in at Columbia Ice.  These companies who I cannot mention by name will order pallets and/or truckloads of ice and have them shipped to Fort Mcmurray where most of the work is being done these days in Alberta.

I say we can't mention the water companies we work with because water is a highly competitive industry.   If you serve one water company and another finds out they may choose to use another ice company instead of using the same one their competition uses.   Because of this we can't overly go after more water companies without putting our current ice contracts at risk.  Instead we have to hope someone at one of the many water and ice companies searches for small bags of ice online and gives us a call instead of our American owned competition.

If you work at a water and ice company and would like a quote on what it costs per small bag of ice when you order a whole bunch at one time give Columbia Ice a call at 780-960-7161.

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Want a new ice merchandiser?

Do you sell packaged ice at your Edmonton gas station or liquor store?  Does your ice merchandiser look like it is on it's last legs?  Have you tried to convince your current ice distributor to supply you with a new ice merchandiser only to be given the run around?  Does this sound like a really bad sales pitch?

If your answer is yes to all over the above then wipe the dust off your eyes cause the iceman is about to explain how to get a new ice merchandiser.

No ice company wants to buy its current clientèle an expensive new ice merchandiser. Why spend money on an account that is already generating positive cash flow?  Usually a new ice merchandiser is purchased to entice a competitor's client away.

 "We will match the price per bag, plus let you use a brand new ice merchandiser" is the sales pitch given to liquor stores that buy enough ice to be worth the cost of a new ice merchandiser.  To be worth the cost a liquor store or gas station in Edmonton or surrounding area would have to purchase enough ice yearly to cover the cost of the merchandiser in one year.  This means if liquor store A buys $3000 a year of ice and are not a current client of Columbia Ice they would quality for a new ice merchandiser if they have the documentation showing they buy that much ice yearly.  I made a point of emphasizing having the invoices or receipts to show how much ice they buy because a lot of ice is a relative term.  To some ice resellers buying a $1000 of ice a year is a lot of ice, to us at Columbia Ice, not so much.

For all your ice needs in Edmonton, call Columbia Ice at 780-960-7161.

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Monday, April 29, 2013

That is not an ice maker, this is an ice maker

No, we don't have a 100 freezers which we put ice cube trays in to make the ice to fill the bags you find in your local Edmonton liquor stores.  We don't use little ice makers like you would find in your local restaurant which is always so clean, cough, cough.  At Columbia Ice we use big bad super sized ice makers which require a forklift to move and a mother's love to keep on running.  A good rule of thumb when it comes to big machinery is the bigger the machine is the bigger the baby it becomes.  One screw loose, one wire out of place and it won't work.  When our big ice makers break down we can't call another ice company and say we need ice.  We could but we won't, not unless we really had to.

Image of an industrial ice maker.
How tube ice is made?

Image of where tube ice comes out of the machine.
Ice comes out here.

Side view of an ice machine.
Side view of ice maker.

An industrial ice maker.
Big ice maker
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

How many large bags of ice for a party 200? | Columbia Ice

Trying to determine how much cubbed ice a party of 200 would use is an inexact science.  If it is 30 degrees Celsius you will use more ice than if it is only 10 degrees.  Is the ice being used for beer or cocktails as each goes through ice at a different rate?  Do you have a freezer to store the ice until it is used?  Unfortunately most people can't predict the future.  Who knows what the weather will be like in a week from now, let alone a month or so away.  Who knows what type of drinks people will want on the actual day of the event.

This means having to make an educated guess as to how many bags of ice are needed for a party of 200.  In general we say 12 people per 25 pound bag of party ice.  200 divided by 12 is 16.6 which means to be safe you likely will need 17 large bags of packaged ice.  16 bags would likely be fine as would 15 teen but if you are want to be super duper safe get 17 bags of ice.  This should be enough to keep the drinks cold, the guests happy making your event the talk of your local social circle.

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How many bags of ice do I need to cool a keg?

Not all kegs are made equal.  The superior ones contain more beer than the less superior with superior really just referring to the size of keg.  According the Iceman of Columbia Ice which is myself, the bigger the keg the better as the only thing better than beer is more beer.  When I say bigger keg I just mean what most people would call a normal sized keg as shown in the image below.
Kegs in need of big bags of ice.
2 large bags of ice per keg

When it comes to throwing a big party the one must is keeping the beer cold which is where Columbia Ice and our big bags of party ice come in.  For every normal sized keg of beer you need two 25 lb bags of party ice.  This will keep the beer cold, people happy and people will be raving about your party all over twitter.

So to answer the question in the title you need TWO bags of ice.  For an order that small you don't need to call an ice distributor because to deliver two bags of ice it would cost you about $40 a bag.  In general we do not deliver less than 15 big bags of party ice.  When it comes to orders less than that we would suggest going to one of our partner locations.

If you are planning a big event with lots of kegs, by all means give us a call.  As mentioned before for orders of 15 large bags of ice or more we are happy to offer free delivery in Edmonton.
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Monday, April 15, 2013

I would prefer to ship bagged ice than pipes

The other day I was pulling out of Acheson onto highway 60 to take bagged ice to one of our clients.


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At the intersection where google maps street view is showing there was a semi pulling a load of pipes.  To the right of the cab two pipes had shifted forward which was lucky for the driver.  The one story you hear often in Alberta is pipes are one of the most dangerous type of loads a truck driver can take.  More than once pipes have slid forward, cutting right through the cab, killing or injuring the driver.  In this case as you can see from the picture below the driver was lucky to have the pipes slide forward to the right of the cab.

image of pipes narrowly missing cab of truck
pipes just miss the cab of truck
I bet the driver went home feeling lucky that day because a pipe sliding like that could mean a drivers life.   I bet if you asked the guy what would he choose to deliver, bagged ice or pipes he would pick bagged ice because ice, unlike pipes does not kill.  

For all your ice needs in Edmonton and area call Columbia Ice at 780-960-7161 or email at ice@columbiaice.ca 

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Ice delivery Edmonton, who you going to call?

If you didn't want to pay a fortune for lots of ice who would you call for ice delivery in Edmonton?  

Image of a large bag of ice ready to be delivered in Edmonton.
Call Columbia Ice for ice delivery Edmonton.
Packaged ice is one of those products that most people don't even think about.  Generally speaking when you need ice in Edmonton you go to grocery store, gas station or liquor store.  What do you do if you got talked into getting married, need to save a few bucks because weddings cost a fortune and you don't want to by 50 small bags of ice at $3.00 a bag?  

You call Columbia Ice for ice delivery in edmonton.  You can google us at Columbia Ice.  We are the .ca, don't get confused by the .com.  Our service area is in Edmonton and area.  The price of a large bag of ice which equates to 5 small bags of ice gives you a savings of over 50%, plus if you order enough we even deliver.  Being an ice distributor we don't deliver small orders unless you are willing to pay a fortune for delivery but if you order over 10 large bags of ice we can hook you up with some ice for your wedding.  For smaller events we do offer big bags of ice for pick up at our partner locations.  

Monday, March 18, 2013

Making ice in Alberta is different than making ice in Florida.

One of the difficult parts of building an ice factory in Edmonton, AB is the only people you can get to guide you through the process are American.  Nothing against Americans but they have no idea what an Alberta winter is like.  Making ice here is a lot different than it is in Florida where the temperature is hot and hotter.  In Alberta the weather in the winter is cold and colder depending if you are driving a car or waiting a bus stop for a bus.  Nothing is worse than standing outside in minus 20 degrees Celsius weather with the wind seeping through you clothing.

It isn't the cold that is the problem.  If it was always cold we could calibrate our machines to work at that set temperature and then be done with it much like they set their ice machines in the States to a small temperature range and are done with it.  The issue is the changing of temperatures from one season to the next.  Instead of having to calibrate our ice makers for one season, we at Columbia Ice have to do it for every mayor temperature change.  Even more fun we have to do it through a process of trial and error because getting help from someone who has never danced in the white tundra of the prairies during the winter months isn't a lot of help.  Not like anyone from Florida can talk hockey.  The reason why the Panthers make so little money is because people in Florida look at hockey players and wonder why they are wearing so many clothes in the Florida.

Not that we at Columbia Ice can't handle adjusting our ice machines to handle the different weather.  We got mad skills here in Canada.  His name is Oscar and he is our refrigeration guy who likely could put the Iceman down with his thumb, but that is a story for another day.

Until then, do remember for all your ice needs give Columbia Ice a call.


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