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[*] posted on 6-14-2019 at 05:09 PM


Block-ice frozen "clear" in my home freezer does last much longer than the compressed crushed ice now available, for the given space. I normally expect my ice to last up to 9 days in my ancient Coleman ice-chests, with permanent 2 inch styro-foam panels around all sides, top and bottom of the ice chest. My coolers are built in to my CAllen Camper. Milk and lunch meat etc. and not much else is in my coolers when in Baja which is not often anymore. Just my observations.






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[*] posted on 6-14-2019 at 05:51 PM


Quote: Originally posted by motoged  
Quote: Originally posted by David K  
Great advice!

*Block ice lasts the longest.
*Pre-cool anything that is going into the icebox if possible.
*Keep iceboxes out of the direct sun or cover with wet towels.
*While staying in one place, do not drain the water to retain the ice and cold as long as possible. Only drain if you are going to be driving.


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I don't go with the "drain if off-roading".....cold water retains temp longer than cold air....:light:


The sloshing of the water in the chest while driving really speeds up the melt over a drained chest off roading. Reducing the weight by draining the water can't hurt, either.




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[*] posted on 6-14-2019 at 06:00 PM


I'm beginning to think that draining or not draining does not really make a difference as far as ice longevity is concerned. In other words, take two identical coolers, loaded identically, drain one and not the other, and the ice will melt at the same rate. That's probably why there is so much debate.

One thing for sure, wet food sucks. I'll keep draining my cooler.




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[*] posted on 6-15-2019 at 12:30 AM


Quote: Originally posted by SFandH  
I'm beginning to think that draining or not draining does not really make a difference as far as ice longevity is concerned. In other words, take two identical coolers, loaded identically, drain one and not the other, and the ice will melt at the same rate. That's probably why there is so much debate.

One thing for sure, wet food sucks. I'll keep draining my cooler.


You don't put your food in the same cooler as your drinks. That's camping 101. Buy a small yeti or the like, and put your food in there. Add just a little bit of ice, plus use zip lock bags.

Jameis, how can you be a veteran Baja traveler and not know the basics of cooler management?




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[*] posted on 6-15-2019 at 04:23 AM


Quote: Originally posted by Barry A.  
Block-ice frozen "clear" in my home freezer does last much longer than the compressed crushed ice now available, for the given space. I normally expect my ice to last up to 9 days in my ancient Coleman ice-chests, with permanent 2 inch styro-foam panels around all sides, top and bottom of the ice chest. My coolers are built in to my CAllen Camper. Milk and lunch meat etc. and not much else is in my coolers when in Baja which is not often anymore. Just my observations.









Similarly, I freeze one-gallon containers of store-bought Crystal Geyser water and carry eight of them in a large cooler. Two others go in the food cooler.
The first evening after our arrival at camp I take one of the two out of the food cooler and drain off the melt into our water containers. I then cut the top third of the plastic water gallon jug off and put the remaining unmelted Ice in a towel and hit it to crush it up for margaritas during sunset. After making the drinks I take a fresh one out of the large cooler and replace the one just used.
The bottom two-thirds of the cut-up jug can be used for any idea that crosses your mind while drinking the margaritas...like; wind protected candle holders, sand filled weights, mixing containers for pancakes in the morning, or maybe nail it to a palapa post for you and others to store items in while camping, etc.
The frozen store-bought water keeps ice melt out of your food cooler and ice storage cooler, provides replenishing purified drinking water in a sanitary container, and some clean ice for that evening drink!
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[*] posted on 6-15-2019 at 06:13 AM


Quote: Originally posted by JZ  
Quote: Originally posted by SFandH  
I'm beginning to think that draining or not draining does not really make a difference as far as ice longevity is concerned. In other words, take two identical coolers, loaded identically, drain one and not the other, and the ice will melt at the same rate. That's probably why there is so much debate.

One thing for sure, wet food sucks. I'll keep draining my cooler.


You don't put your food in the same cooler as your drinks. That's camping 101. Buy a small yeti or the like, and put your food in there. Add just a little bit of ice, plus use zip lock bags.

Jameis, how can you be a veteran Baja traveler and not know the basics of cooler management?


You are an idiot if you don’t know how to camp using a single cooler for food and drinks. You are just a dumb chit if you take multiple coolers when 1 will do.




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[*] posted on 6-15-2019 at 12:52 PM


Quote: Originally posted by mtgoat666  


You are an idiot if you don’t know how to camp using a single cooler for food and drinks. You are just a dumb chit if you take multiple coolers when 1 will do.


Congrats on all your soggy, wet food floating with your beer. What a rookie.






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[*] posted on 7-29-2022 at 08:09 AM


Block ice does indeed last longer than crushed ice. It also sells for twice as much at the market.

The only time you should drain the water is if it's above freezing. Another words, if you notice that all the ice has melted and you're thinking to add more ice to the water the water is likely above freezing temperature and will melt your new ice immediately, thus giving you less time of ice usage. So that's when the cooler should be drained.
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[*] posted on 7-29-2022 at 09:19 AM


Quote: Originally posted by mtgoat666  
Quote: Originally posted by JZ  
Quote: Originally posted by SFandH  
I'm beginning to think that draining or not draining does not really make a difference as far as ice longevity is concerned. In other words, take two identical coolers, loaded identically, drain one and not the other, and the ice will melt at the same rate. That's probably why there is so much debate.

One thing for sure, wet food sucks. I'll keep draining my cooler.


You don't put your food in the same cooler as your drinks. That's camping 101. Buy a small yeti or the like, and put your food in there. Add just a little bit of ice, plus use zip lock bags.

Jameis, how can you be a veteran Baja traveler and not know the basics of cooler management?


You are an idiot if you don’t know how to camp using a single cooler for food and drinks. You are just a dumb chit if you take multiple coolers when 1 will do.
MR Donkey goat your the idiot of the year dont be calling people your name. :light: Your camping out in basement means nothing get out enjoy a good dirt bike ride.
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