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[*] posted on 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?


Makes me just wanna buy a portable freezer.

[Edited on 1-31-2017 by soulpatch]
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[*] posted on 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....

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