The Crosley IcyBall site & other strange musings for your perusal...

...Dedicated to the fascinating non-electric IcyBall refrigerator & other DIY projects for your enjoyment!

Above is one of the two Crosley IcyBall refrigerators that I own.  Shown here are the tub stand & cooling tub with the “cold” side of the IcyBall placed inside. The “hot” side rests on the antique kerosene burner used to heat the “hot” ball of the Crosley IcyBall fridge. More photos in my PHOTOS section.

What is a Crosley IcyBall?

Welcome to my site dedicated to the infamous and relatively unknown Crosley IcyBall. I’m sure you are asking “What is a Crosley IcyBall”? It is an ammonia absorption refrigerator that was used in the late 1920’s & early 1930’s for homeowners that did not have electricity.

I’ve always been fascinated by non-electric refrigeration such as natural gas or propane refrigerators. My interest in Crosley IcyBalls is not as old as my original interest in non-electric refrigeration because honestly, until a few months ago, I had no idea what a Crosley IcyBall was!

IcyBalls are now popular with doomsday preppers, survivalists, campers & off-grid homesteaders. See my site for a history of Crosley IcyBalls plus photos & links to show you how to build your own Crosley IcyBall.

Pictured above is one of two of my original Crosley IcyBall refrigerators. I picked two of them up in Canton, TX First Monday Trades Day in November 2012 after a long exhaustive search for an IcyBall. This unit contains the original ammonia/water solution and is still operational to this day after over 80 years. The right side is the “hot” ball with the fins used to disperse the heat evenly when heated. The left ball is the “cold” side. This side gets extremely cold once the hot side has been heated and the internal ammonia gas boils off. The hole in the cold side is for the placement of an ice tray to make ice cubes once the cooling/freezing process has  begun. The wooden handle is original as well as the rare brass plate with the IcyBall serial #54863 on top of the handle. Most handles & plates are usually missing on IcyBalls found today. Many of the handles rotted away in storage and some I believe burned off due to improper over-heating of the IcyBall by users. Note that this Crosley IcyBall does not have the steam whistle on top of the cold ball. The whistle was a feature on some models that indicated to the user that the unit is ready to begin automatic cooling/refrigeration after about 90 minutes of heating on a kerosene burner or similar heat source. Enjoy your visit here on my Crosley IcyBall site…


E.D. Jones, “The Mojo Man”, Dec. 2012

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