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How did people make ice before we had electricity?

Asked By: Its snowing outside? - 4/16/2011
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The first ice-making systems relied on ammonia distillation. A hardwood fired, steam engine-like unit was used to boil ammonia which was allowed to cool within a cooling tube and thus artificial pre-electric refrigeration was born... More
Answered By: Elton J - 4/19/2011
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naturally
Answered By: Josh - 4/16/2011
 
In the cold, outside
Answered By: Stephen Paul - 4/16/2011
 
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Answered By: Emperor - 4/16/2011
 
I don't think they did. Though if they wanted to there are other ways, but they all take quite a bit of advancement in science. Perhaps react large amounts of reactants in an endothermic chemical reaction underneath a water bath. It could possibly convert a lot of it into ice.
Answered By: Dustin - 4/16/2011
 
<http://www.canalmuseum.org.uk/ice/icecream.htm> This interesting article will tell you what you need to know. You can still see 'ice houses' in the grounds of stately homes where ice was stored during the winter and remained solid underground for the rest of the year e.g. Felbrigg Estate in North Norfolk.
Answered By: mad - 4/16/2011
 
They used to have Ice houses and in some cases Iceworks.In the winter the ice from water ponds would be packed and stored in underground chambers where it would be much cooler than on the surface this helped keep a stock of ice for many months.Some stately homes still have these ice houses,though not in use now.On... More
Answered By: bunion the cat - 4/16/2011
 
IF electricity is not available one can use a gas- or propane-powered refrigerator. These refrigerators are interesting because they have no moving parts and use gas or propane as their primary source of energy. Also, they use heat, in the form of burning propane, to produce the cold inside the refrigerator. A gas... More
Answered By: Backoftheclass - 4/16/2011
 
Before electricity and refrigeration in general, ice was cut out of ponds and lakes in the winter. This ice was then covered in sawdust and kept in the shade. The sawdust acts as an insulation to keep the ice from melting. The bigger the ice chunks you start with the longer they lasted.
Answered By: Roger - 4/16/2011
 
they used to harvest it in the winter from lakes and ponds and rivers and store it in huge ice sheds for the summer, around here even well into the 20th century (I have seen pictures... More
Answered By: busterwasmycat - 4/16/2011
 
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