History of Ice Rinks

The first artificial ice rinks were made in between 1841-1844. At the time refrigeration technology did not exist. These rinks were made of a blend of salts and hog lard. This type of rink quickly fell out of favor. Within thirty years refrigeration technology was available to maintain real ice.

ice-rink-histroy-05The first ice rink made from real ice was called the “Glaciarium”, located in Chelsea, London. John Gamgee built and housed it off of Kings Road. It quickly grew in popularity and was moved in March of the same year to a permanent building. It measured 40ft by 24ft. Gamgee originally found his method for freezing sheets of water with super chilled chemicals, glycerin mixed with either water or nitrogen peroxide, pumped through pipes laying below the water’s surface. Germany soon followed opening their first ice rink in Frankfurt 1882 that was 520m2. The first ice rinks were built to allow for recreational skating and also sporting events like hockey and curling.


SA Series
Packaged Chillers
(integrated pump tank)
1.5Ton – 20Ton
Single / Dual Circuits
Single / Dual Pumps
SAE Series
Modular Chillers
(pump & tank on
separate skid)
1.5Ton – 200Ton
Single / Dual Circuits
SAR Series
Split Chillers
(Outdoor Condensing Unit)
(pump, tank, evaporator on
indoor skid)
1.5Ton – 200Ton
Single / Dual Circuits