How it Works
To use Meltdown, simply slide the top off, place the ice cylinder within, and replace the cover. Due to the weight and conduction of the solid aluminum design, Meltdown begins the ice ball-making process immediately.
As Meltdown makes an ice ball, meltwater is channeled down the sides of the device along four cascading grooves designed into the sidewall.
In roughly a minute (assuming the device is room temperature), you’ll have a beautiful spherical ice ball that’s ready for your cocktail.
The runoff water is captured in Meltdown’s CatchAll Base, from which you can pour it away before making another ice ball. Because aluminum holds the cold, you may want to let Meltdown warm some on its own or run it under warm water before making additional ice balls.
Most ice ball presses use pins that guide the cover down the press. Pins offer two potential flaws. First, pins can cause “chattering” as the top of the press descends. This is because the ice does not melt uniformly, and if the pins are not perfectly aligned, the top of the press catches on the pins. Second, If you ever drop your ice ball press, these pins are likely to get bent or be damaged as they are the design’s weak point.
Meltdown features a pinless design, in which the cover rides in grooves built into the Meltdown base. The Meltdown design consists of three pieces of solid aluminum that guide itself for assured alignment and protects your investment from chattering or accidental damage.
Frequently Asked Questions
Makes 2.5 inch in Diameter Ice Spheres
It is a matter of preference. Copper will tarnish over time when exposed to oxygen and humid air. Many owners of the Meltdown prefer the authentic tarnished look with age. When you want to restore the shine to new, simply and easily follow the Meltdown cleaning instructions.
The Meltdown works best when it is at room temperature. When making consecutive ice balls, simply run the HoverCover top section under warm water for 15-20 seconds or until warm. You are now ready to make your next Meltdown ice ball.
Yes, you can pre-make and freeze ice balls from your Meltdown Ice Ball Press to have ready when needed.
This “locking up” occurs when you leave the Meltdown cover in place after the ice ball has been formed. What is happening is the copper (or aluminum) is melting the cylinder of ice to form the ice ball and getting cold enough to freeze residual water which, in turn, is freezing the Meltdown cover and base together. To avoid this, simply remove the cover as soon as it completes its descent and reaches the drain base.
Each American-made Chubby is custom-made from solid, high-end aluminum during a three-hour process. They are made in limited quantities (not mass-produced like other products), so the quality is impeccable – and will last a lifetime.
Here at Meltdown, we use purified water – but distilled works as well. It’s really a matter of your preference and taste.
Pour purified water into the water fill line and place it in the freezer. When ready to make your ice ball, remove it from the freezer and let it sit for 3-5 minutes before extracting the cylinder. For best results, use the ball within 24 hours of freezing, and use tongs to transfer from the Vamoose to the Meltdown base.