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    Keeping Cold-How do you keep ice longer?



    Let's hear it, how do you keep the ice as long as possible in your coolers?

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    This is great stuff here. I've never used dry ice, but I may start now. When we go out and it is hot, we sometimes take two coolers. One is packed full of ice that we freeze in our deep freeze before we go out. The other had drinks, ice, food, etc. That way we have one cooler that only gets opened when we need ice and the other we open more often letting the cool out/heat in.
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    I have always used dry ice for long trips. It works great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottR View Post
    Let's hear it, how do you keep the ice as long as possible in your coolers?
    Buy an Engel cooler.

    Put a sacrificial bag of ice in the cooler before packing it to bring the temp down. Or use frozen gallons of water.

    Prechill all of the product going in the ice chest before it goes in, or if you have to chill it all on ice in the cooler then drain and repack before going in the field.

    Keep the cooler out of hot places, like inside unventilated trailers, or direct sunlight. Even the best coolers have a hard time in those conditions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Umpqua Hunter View Post
    Buy an Engel cooler.

    Put a sacrificial bag of ice in the cooler before packing it to bring the temp down. Or use frozen gallons of water.

    Prechill all of the product going in the ice chest before it goes in, or if you have to chill it all on ice in the cooler then drain and repack before going in the field.

    Keep the cooler out of hot places, like inside unventilated trailers, or direct sunlight. Even the best coolers have a hard time in those conditions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottR View Post
    We are kind of Yeti fans around here.....
    The Yeti is an excellent cooler too

    I found this comparison pretty helpful.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-TE4RnqT0U

    I almost went with the Yeti, but the Engle's better fit the foot print on my boat to use for seating and I got better pricing on them. I pull the coolers out of the boat for hunting season and get double use out of them.
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    Wrap a sleeping bag or moving blanket around the cooler for additional insulation (while in the shade of course).


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    I pay retail for coolers so I get them at Walmart.

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    I hadnt thought of using regular and dry ice together. I have herd it makes quite a difference with a good cooler if you get the cooler and everything you are putting in it cold first, but I have never had a really good cooler. I have stopped using ice other then for taking meat home. I only take food that doesnt need to stay cold and I usually hunt solo so once i get an animal I get it cooled out and packed in the cooler and head to town to get a block of dry ice to put in it.
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    Blocks last a lot longer than cubes. I would never put dry ice in with my meat, it makes it taste a little funny. I kept ice for my 8 day elk hunt and was able to bring out my elk in the cooler and was cold to the touch 3 days later. I also think it helps to get rid of cold water each day. This is an earlier thread showing my mega cooler. I found that keeping dry ice and your other ice together, you can move ice, a little each day, to another smaller cooler for food and drinks. This keeps the big one cool for the animal. http://www.eastmans.com/forum/showth...hlight=coolers

 

 

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