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Old March 18th, 2014, 12:36 PM   #1
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I am sick of my 25$ el cheapo that doesn't hold ice very long. I would like a Grizzly but they are out of my budget. Looking for 70-100qt size....max budget of about 150$. My primary concern is ice retention...would like something that will hold for 2-3 days. Cooler will be used for wheeling trips when we camp....typically 3-4 days....it will be left at camp so size isn't a factor.

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Old March 18th, 2014, 12:53 PM   #2
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http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00D7AU7WQ?vs=1

Was thinking about this one but the reviews are kinda mixed.
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Was thinking about this one but the reviews are kinda mixed.
Depends on how well people pack coolers. You put warm beverages in a cooler and fill with ice, do the same with already cooled beverages, which will hold ice longer?

My $.02 is that the guy with the low rating does not know how to pack a cooler to stay cold for long periods of time.


My guess would be to go with an igloo or Coleman. Marine cooler would probably be fine. Keep it in the shade and closed... if you're not going to open it for a long time, you can tape it shut, or something else to help seal of it worries you.
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I always buy all my supplies ahead of time and put them in the freezer / refrigerator to get them cold. My thinking was the same as yours on the guy with the low review
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Start using blocked ice instead of cubes. With my Coleman Marine (which is white so it reflects the heat) I put two frozen milk jugs in it, load it, and then bag cubes for mixed drinks. Besides lasting longer, the milk jugs will keep you from having a cooler full of water ruining food items.
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Start using blocked ice instead of cubes. With my Coleman Marine (which is white so it reflects the heat) I put two frozen milk jugs in it, load it, and then bag cubes for mixed drinks. Besides lasting longer, the milk jugs will keep you from having a cooler full of water ruining food items.

X2 We always use a gallon of of frozen water or 2 and some weekends it's still partially frozen on Sunday
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I just don't have 500$ to drop on a cooler
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Start using blocked ice instead of cubes. With my Coleman Marine (which is white so it reflects the heat) I put two frozen milk jugs in it, load it, and then bag cubes for mixed drinks. Besides lasting longer, the milk jugs will keep you from having a cooler full of water ruining food items.


I always put all food in gallon zip lock bags to avoid that.

I do like your milk jug idea
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I don't blame you, but damn they are cool.
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My grandpa uses 2 liter bottles for when we fish.
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Dry ice is good to. I have not used it but friends clean out there fridges and haul their food to Florida this way.
I also use frozen jugs in my deep freeze to fill it. Helps for power outages.
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Dry ice is good to. I have not used it but friends clean out there fridges and haul their food to Florida this way.
I also use frozen jugs in my deep freeze to fill it. Helps for power outages.

I don't see that being very user friendly since you can't touch it
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I don't see that being very user friendly since you can't touch it

They sell or it comes in a insulated type bag. I haven't used it I just know they do. They get it at Meijer or Walmart pharmacy, I think& pricy compared to free.
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I don't see that being very user friendly since you can't touch it
You can touch it you just have to make it quick. I've used it to take elk meat across the country on a few different occasions and it works amazing. The key is to keep the cooler sealed up at all times. When you open it you lose a lot of its life. It's not great for a beverage cooler but it is fantastic for keeping things frozen.
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For the cost of the high end coolers, why not buy a 12 volt fridge/freezer? No ice to deal with so you can pack more in a smaller place and everything is as xoold as you want it. Ice cream on the trail on a 100 degree day? No problem. I love mine.
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My experience with 12V coolers is that they kill a battery fairly quick, like within 24 hours. The OP wants to rustic camp for 3-4 days.
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For the cost of the high end coolers, why not buy a 12 volt fridge/freezer? No ice to deal with so you can pack more in a smaller place and everything is as xoold as you want it. Ice cream on the trail on a 100 degree day? No problem. I love mine.
Most of the 12v coolers that i know of will only maintain a temperature of something like 45 degrees below the air temperature, so on a 100 degree day your ice cream would be a nice 55 degree soup. Unless you get the ARB version that works a little differently I think, but they start at like $900...
I use a marine cooler with the milk jug or block ice method for camping.
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12v fridge won't work....it gets left at camp for 8,10, or more hours with nothing to power it.
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My grandpa uses 2 liter bottles for when we fish.
I like this suggestion. One of the problems I have with milk jugs is that they tend to split when you freeze them. To avoid it I fill it part way, freeze, add more, freeze, etc... A stronger soda bottle might help.

Nice thing with jugs is that if you get them real clean, as the ice melts, you get a nice supply of ice cold water.
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