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The first electrically operated ice plant in East St. Louis is that of Carter Bros. Ice and Fuel on South Sixth Street at the Illinois Central Railroad. It furnishes considerable ice to the various railroads for car icing purposes. A 5,000 ton capacity storage house permits continuous operation throughout the year.

Water for the manufacture of ice is obtained from the city water distribution mains. From the supply lines the water passes into a settling tank, then through a system of filters to a pre-cooling tank where the temperature is lowered to 38 degrees Fahrenheit. From the tank the water flows to the can reservoir where the cans in which the ice is frozen are filled to the proper level by automatically controlled valves. The cans are lowered into a brine tank. Through a hose connected to small pipes built into the can, air is pumped into the water, thereby preventing the water from freezing white, and forcing what impurities are left to the top of the, can as the block freezes. At the proper time, the impurities are drawn off.

Brine (salt water), at a temperature of 16 degrees Fahrenheit is used as the freezing medium. Ammonia passed through the brine in rows of pipes is used to cool the brine, the motor-driven compressors furnishing the means whereby the freezing cycle maintained by the refrigerant.

The cans of ice are pulled by a crane two at a time, carried to a tank of warm water and immersed for a sufficient time to loosen the ice from the sides of the cans. The blocks are withdrawn and unloaded on dumping boards. Fro blocks are either loaded into trucks for delivery or placed in the storage house.




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