The Ice Box is a Food Tab structure used to store and preserve Food, reducing spoilage rate by 50% (so edible items stored in an Ice Box will last twice as long before spoiling). It requires 2 Gold Nuggets, 1 Gears, and 1 Boards to craft and an Alchemy Engine to prototype.
When demolished by a Hammer or other means, it returns one Gear, Gold Nugget, and Board, along with any items stored in it.
It is possible to find an Ice Box trap. If the Chest next to the Ice Box is opened, Winter will immediately begin. The player can safely demolish the Ice Box for its components, but demolishing the Chest with a Hammer still triggers Winter immediately. If Winter was already in progress, the progress will extend as if it were already around the first day of Winter.
Reign of GiantsEdit
With the Reign of Giants DLC active, Ice, Ice Cubes and Fashion Melons can be stored indefinitely in an Ice Box, Thermal Stones can be chilled if stored, and Ice Boxes become renewable due to the small chance of Gears dropping from Tumbleweeds. Crafting an Ice Box also costs one Cut Stone instead of Boards.
Players also have a small chance of finding Gears inside Tumbleweeds, thus allowing for more Ice Boxes to be made in a world than before.
The following items can be placed in an Ice Box:
As food spoils faster in Summer in Reign of Giants, it is recommended players put their food in the Ice Box to slow down the spoiling rate of food and help preserve food for Winter.
- Because destroying an Ice Box returns 100% of Gears used in crafting, extra Gears can safely be used in crafting Ice Boxes without fear of losing non-renewable resources.
- The Ice Box was added in the Spoiled Rotten update. Before the A Little Rain Must Fall update, constructing one did not require Gears, instead using Cut Stone. Ham Bats and Garlands were able to be stored in Ice Boxes until a November 14, 2013 bugfix/performance update, when the two items were made non-edible.