Originally Posted by cataraftgirl
I have a fairly new 94 qt. Marine Igloo Elite cooler, and can't afford a Yeti or Engel right now. I also use a 66 in. NRS frame on my Cat, and the biggest cooler that will fit would be the 94 qt. Igloo, 85 qt. Yeti, or 80 qt. Engel. I use a padded cover for my cooler, and keep it as wet as possible during the day. I'm trying to maximize cooling power for my Igloo and have a couple questions.
1. Folks have posted that they use the foil covered bubble wrap between layers in their coolers. Has anyone tried making a complete foil bubble wrap liner for the entire (except top) inside of the cooler? Would this increase cold retention?
2. What are people's opinions about block ice versus freezing milk jugs or other containers with water. I HATE cooler soup, so I'd like to try containers, but not sure if I'd get the same cooling effect as block ice.
Thanks for the input.
Most block ice you buy is somewhat aerated so not as much cooling power. Instead use 2 gallon water jugs frozen. Remove some water before freezing. A few days before the trip I load my buddy's chest freezer with ice and turn the temp as low as it will go
The night before loading it I precool using ice from the ice tray so I don't have to waste cooling trying to get inside of cooler down to temp
This last year got a yeti they had a good price at Costco. The igloos work but their lids are weak and often not well insulated
Key is to load your cooler one cooler per meal and one meal per layer. First meal at the top. If you have big bags of frozen meat then separate by meal
That way stuff at top is thawed by the time you need it., but usually not until you need it. If stuff is not thawing out you can grab your next meal and move into beer cooler Inventory each cooler and mark breakfast, lunch, dinner, and beer. Nothing worse than opening each cooler 10 times to look for 10 items
Avoid opening the cooler as the more ice you waste is weight and space on your boat and more cost involved in a bigger cooler
Of course the grand canyon method of completely freezing your cooler in a walk in is gonna get best results
If the weather is going to be hot or not a lot of cooler space avail for ice I use a wet towel draped onerous the cooler to minimize heat loss
This year I'll have a paco pad to shield from sunlight and add insulation