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Iceing the Brews

Taking my trailerable 24 foot, swing keel on a week long trip, probably 8 days. I will be traveling the Oriental, Beaufort, Ocracoke, Cape Lookout, Core banks area. The route I plan on taking is remote. Old Canal threw Thoroughfare cut. I'm worried about keeping everything iced. Not many marinas in this area and I want the option to chill for a day or two longer if I want. I have a large Coleman 5 day extreme cooler and the built in ice box(never used). Coleman cooler I know will keep for 4 days. I would love to see 5 or 6 days before having to see civilization. Any ideas on keeping the beer and steaks cool. I'm considering dry ice? Cooler filed and tied to the railing? curious to hear your thoughts and always open to new ideas.
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Taking my trailerable 24 foot, swing keel on a week long trip, probably 8 days. I will be traveling the Oriental, Beaufort, Ocracoke, Cape Lookout, Core banks area. The route I plan on taking is remote. Old Canal threw Thoroughfare cut. I'm worried about keeping everything iced. Not many marinas in this area and I want the option to chill for a day or two longer if I want. I have a large Coleman 5 day extreme cooler and the built in ice box(never used). Coleman cooler I know will keep for 4 days. I would love to see 5 or 6 days before having to see civilization. Any ideas on keeping the beer and steaks cool. I'm considering dry ice? Cooler filed and tied to the railing? curious to hear your thoughts and always open to new ideas.
I also have the Coleman X-treme cooler, and while I despise anything "X-treme" that is spelled with an "X" it is a great cooler. We were able to have ice still left in it after 6+ days.

Tips for keeping it cold: Keep it down below and out of the sun. Use BLOCK ice and as many blocks as you can fit, and then party ice to fill the gaps. Pre-cool everything before it goes in.

You can also use 2 coolers. We had most of our stuff in another cooler with block ice and cold food/drink and it allowed us to have the X-treme mostly filled with block ice. We would refill the X-treme with items that were already cold from the other cooler as we used items from the X-treme and space became avalible. By the time the ice had melted in the first cooler, we'd eaten/drunk enough that everything that was left fit in the X-treme.

Also, if you run out of ice and the water is cold enough you can hang a mesh bag over the side to cool the brew to water temp. Around here that's 42F. If you do this, hang the bag from the bow. If you hang it conveniently from the cockpit and forget about it, it will make a lot of foam when it gets wrapped around your prop..... Ask me how I know......

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I've never tired dry ice but would worry about freezing the beer and busting the bottles.

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Another thing you can do is freeze gallon jugs of water to use as "ice". Just make sure they are frozen solid, or they're a waste of time. Then when they do melt, you have water to use.

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Re: Iceing the Brews

More insulation always helps: I've stuffed coolers in car-camping sleeping bags. If you align the zipper with the lid opening, it's not too inconvenient.

And as others have stated, refrain from un-needed openings. Finding a beer you like warm helps.

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wrap dry ice in a lot of newspaper.

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Second on the block ice, lasts much longer even in my poorly insulated ice box


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Another thing you can do is freeze gallon jugs of water to use as "ice". Just make sure they are frozen solid, or they're a waste of time. Then when they do melt, you have water to use.
Ditto.... I use 2 liter soda jugs over and over all summer just for packing the cooler to bring down Cold food and Beer to the fridge on the boat. Being sealed also prevents the formation of "Bologna Water" (a personal story from over 40 years ago on a cross-country drive)

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Cold start

Others have good suggestions:
  1. Block Ice
  2. Cooler out of sun
  3. Start with everything really cold
  4. Precool Cooler

A day or two before leaving, I would put everything in the refrigerator or freezer and get it cold. A few hours before your ready to pack the cooler, fill it up with 1/3 ice and about 2/3 of very cold water. Allow to sit for about about hour. Drain everything add thin layer of cubed/crushed ice, then your food/beer and really pack it/top it off with block ice. By cooling the cooler first, you are not wasting energy bringing it down to the cold temps.

The other thing that accelerates the melting/warming of the cooler is repeatedly opening and closing it. If you can separate food items from when you need them, early trip later trip, then you can keep the later trip stuff sealed and consume the earlier stuff first.

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I kept block ice for two weeks by putting it on top of dry ice. My built in cooler is 5.5 cubic feet. I used three small cakes of dry ice, about 140 lbs of block ice, plenty of food. The dry ice went aft, covered with blocks, frozen food atop that. Milk and eggs went at the other end.
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Others have good suggestions:

A few hours before your ready to pack the cooler, fill it up with 1/3 ice and about 2/3 of very cold water. Allow to sit for about about hour.
Throw some table salt in as well to lower the freezing point. This will allow the whole mass to come down the high 20s F instead of 32F.

Also, if you are making your own ice (in milk containers, etc.), not all ice is created equal: Turn the dial on your freezer down as low as it goes. If you can put ice in a -10F instead of +10F, that's a substantial amount more heat absorption capability.
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