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Old 08-19-2011   #71
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Because I do a lot of desert rivers cold drinking water on 100 degree days is always at a premium. Instead of freezing layers in the chest I started freezing one liter soda/water bottles. One layer on the bottom with a 2lb chunk of dry ice for the meat/frozen items, then a foam pad over the meat, another layer bottles with dairy or veggies over that. Omit the dry ice for chests that don't have frozen items. I find that 1 liter stays froze about as long as two liter bottles. My chests aren't super effecient brands, just Rubbermaid and Igloo, but at the end of a 6/7 day trip I still have a small chunk of ice in each bottle and 20/30 oz of cold water to drink. I don't start drinking these until the last couple of days. For drinking water I have a 5 gallon rubbermaid drink/cooler. I have a couple of pots that I freeze and when dumped from the pan two of them will fill the cooler to 1/2 in. of the top, there is about 1/16 in. circumference clearance on sides. (sometimes it needs to melt just a bit to slip in)
You need to be well organized and know where everthing is to use this method.
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Old 08-19-2011   #72
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Another Homemade Cooler

This one is about 25 years old. Some plywood, 2x4s, basic hardware, 2" styrofoam and scrap formica to line the inside. This one seems to have about the same insulation as a Yeti or Engle.
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Old 08-19-2011   #73
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Originally Posted by lhowemt View Post
3" for the MF?
The interior of my cooler is 30"x16". Filled 3" deep is 50 lbs of ice plus some miscellaneous cubes for drinks. Seems like enough for 2 days traveling to the MF, 8 days on the river and 1 day to get home.
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Old 08-20-2011   #74
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Originally Posted by yesimapirate View Post
This thread's never going to end.

Here's an interesting 7 min video. There's some questions I have that they don't answer.... like how much ice did they use, what was the temp in the room, what was the temp of the coolers prior to beginning the test, etc...
They used 50 lbs of ice in each, said so right in the beginning. Not sure any of that matters all that much, they were all subject to the same environment. I don't know that it was all that surprising either. Yeti having ice after 8 days is a surprise? Igloo having nothing but water is a surprise? It's pretty much what I would have expected. I would expect a toss up in overall recommendation between Yeti and Engle, so maybe Engle on top is the surprise? I suppose the Coleman could be the surprise, holding ice as long as it did.

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