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Best ice chest for long Baja trip?

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soulpatch - 1-31-2017 at 11:42 AM

Quote: Originally posted by Skipjack Joe  
Quote: Originally posted by mtgoat666  
Quote: Originally posted by David K  
Here is the deal... you want ice to last the longest, use BLOCK ice. You can use some crushed to fill the gaps and have for c-cktails, but it will melt faster. The bags of cube ice will be gone in hours, and are a waste if you have the block option. As we know, the Oxxo stores and other markets usually only have the ice cubes in bags, so better than nothing if you are almost out.


Re block vs cube ice... It takes 80 calories to melt 1 gram block ice. It takes 80 calories to melt 1 gram cubed ice.


The same amount of heat melts the same amount of ice in an ice cube or a block. However, the amount of heat applied is related to the surface area. The ice cubes inside of blocks of ice don't receive the heat until all the ice surrounding ice has melted. So a block lasts much longer.


That's how we looked at it in the fire service.... all about the surface area.... how much heat does it take to light off a kg. of sawdust vs. a 1kg solid piece of wood?

Whatever.

Makes me just wanna buy a portable freezer.

[Edited on 1-31-2017 by soulpatch]

mtnpop - 1-31-2017 at 05:54 PM

we bought an RTIC kind of direct thru Amazon this year... similar tyeti and much less expensive..
left Colorado jan 10 arrived jan 13 in Mulege, did not open it until we arrived still had ice , nice coolers....

drzura - 5-3-2018 at 02:22 PM

I bought two RTIC coolers... they are excellent. Basically same thing as a Yeti but almost half the cost when purchased on sale.

Quote: Originally posted by john68  
Check out the RTIC cooler--half the price of the Yeti. I don't know anything more about it, but sounds good.

rticcooler.com

caj13 - 5-4-2018 at 03:40 PM

Quote: Originally posted by Whale-ista  
Thank you ! Very helpful.

Has anyone used any trays or baskets to keep food dry, up above water/ice levels? Things like fresh produce that would be damaged by water.

I welcome other ideas to maximize cooler benefits.



If I'm hauling produce and cheese and meatr etc, stuff i do not want wet. I buy 1 gallon crystal geyser spring water, pour out 1/2 a cup or so to deal with expansion, and freeze em down. usually 3 for a big ice chest. once they are frozen solid, they keep everything in the box cold and dry! and when they melt - they are pure drinking water. i will also put in frozen meat etc inside double ziplocks, extends the life of the ice.

i usually put my beer and soda in a wet chest - use ice on those.

[Edited on 5-4-2018 by caj13]

mtgoat666 - 5-4-2018 at 04:02 PM

Quote: Originally posted by caj13  
Quote: Originally posted by Whale-ista  
Thank you ! Very helpful.

Has anyone used any trays or baskets to keep food dry, up above water/ice levels? Things like fresh produce that would be damaged by water.

I welcome other ideas to maximize cooler benefits.



If I'm hauling produce and cheese and meatr etc, stuff i do not want wet. I buy 1 gallon crystal geyser spring water, pour out 1/2 a cup or so to deal with expansion, and freeze em down. usually 3 for a big ice chest. once they are frozen solid, they keep everything in the box cold and dry! and when they melt - they are pure drinking water. i will also put in frozen meat etc inside double ziplocks, extends the life of the ice.

i usually put my beer and soda in a wet chest - use ice on those.

[Edited on 5-4-2018 by caj13]


Instead of buying expensive drinking water, use milk jugs filled with tap water.
If a short trip, produce goes in a box, no need to cool.

TMW - 5-4-2018 at 07:40 PM

If you are going on an extended trip put block ice in one cooler and only take it out as needed. In a good cooler it will last a long time.

I have two Canyon coolers a 35qt and 55qt. After 7 days of normal use block ice is about 1/3 to 1/4 size. I put one block in the 35 and two in the 55 for my trips. Depending on the trip depends on which one I take. Also I always top off the ice when possible.

[Edited on 5-5-2018 by TMW]

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