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Doc stands in front of his refrigerator, which takes up an entire wall of the livery stable.

"Doc walked over to a large machine, and switched on what appeared to be a steam-powered motor. Wheels spun, gears turned, and a long conveyor belt jerked forward as smoke spurted from the top. What was Doc doing? Well, whatever it was, Marty was still going to make his point [about meeting the right girl]."
—From Back to the Future Part III by Craig Shaw Gardner (quote, page 84)
"The machine began to clang violently. What was Doc doing? / 'Marty, quick!' Doc barked, pointing at the lower left corner of the wildly vibrating device. 'Turn that valve all the way to the left!' / Marty did as he was told. The machine coughed, and a single ice cube dropped onto the table below. Doc dropped the cube into a glass and filled it with brown liquid from a kettle."
—From Back to the Future Part III by Craig Shaw Gardner (quote, page 85)
Doc: "Iced tea?"
Marty: "No, thanks. (pause, as he realizes what Doc's steam-powered invention is) It's a refrigerator!"
— Doc and Marty in the livery stable

A refrigerator was built by Emmett Brown in 1885 as a way to make ice for his own drinks. Even though Doc had happily accepted his new life as a blacksmith in the Old West, this was one of the 20th century amenities he couldn't live without.

The large, noisy, steam-powered machine took up an entire wall of Doc's livery stable. While Marty McFly was in discussion with him, the machine's steam whistle blew and Marty was instructed to turn a valve. Out of a spout on the machine came a single brownish ice cube, which Doc then dropped into his beaker of tea.

The machine apparently could not make enough ice to share with others, as earlier that day the three old timers at the Palace Saloon next door had laughed at Marty's request to Chester for ice water.


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