05-07-2008, 11:00 PM
I have a 2-head soda tower (Lancer) that I bought off Ebay several years ago. I had kind of forgotten about it because I had been gone and had also acquired a Breakmate. Now that I am back, I've been trying to get it up and running. It came with a cold plate which I didn't completely understand until now. I didn't realize the cold plate had to be sumberged in ice or that it affected the carbonation. I always put ice in my glass so it being cold out of the fountain wasn't a big deal. So, what is the most economical solution here? I'm leaning towards just getting a remote water chiller rather than fool with the whole cold plate in ice thing. I have found a couple online and through ebay. The one on Ebay is $300 plus $100 in freight charges (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=180240401891&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT&ih=008 - there is a picture of the water chiller there). The other one has a built in carbonator and is close to $1000. I'm kind of wishing now that I had just bought a refrigerated dispenser although I got the system I have now at an incredible deal. Does it have to be a special type of chiller, designed for carbonated water? How far from the carbonator to the chiller before I start noticing a loss in carbonation? From the chiller to the tower? Can you compensate by increasing the pressure going into the carbonator? Also, will it matter how long everything sits without being used (I'm talking 12-24 hours or so max)?