On my recent trip to Fraser Island, it came to my attention that there are many differing opinions in how to best use your icebox, esky or chilly bin. This created a lengthy heated discussion, with everyone there adamant that their method was the best, no dispute. In the end we agreed to disagree and moved on.
This got me thinking though. If I don't know what the best way to load a icebox. How many of our customers that come in buying iceboxes know how to get the most out of their icebox? Depending on the size of your icebox (the larger the longer) manufacturers state the ice is good for up to 15 days!
I started making plans to run an experiment, planning how many ice boxes I would need and setting the control environment. I then realised, that all I really needed to do was ask the team at EvaKool, they've been making quality iceboxes since 1994 so they surely would know the best way to pack an icebox.
They did, this is what I learnt ranked in what I consider the most important to get the most out of your icebox:
- Use quality ice - party ice is not good, it has a high surface area often isn't deep frozen and isn't dense - thus it melts quick.
- Use block ice - you can make your own by freezing some milk containers or similar.
- The recommended ratio of ice to product is 1/3 ice to 2/3 product in volume.
- The day before loading your icebox to head away, load ice into it to cool down the box itself.
- Always be working towards reducing the amount of air space, air transfers heat quickly and really reduces the ice life.
- Try to only put frozen or cold goods into your icebox
- Organise the icebox in such a way that the lid doesn't have to be open any longer than necessary.
- Refasten the icebox lid after opening every time.
- Try to minimise how often you open it.
- Do not drain melted ice from your icebox at all, this reduces the remaining ice life significantly.
Some campers do also use dry ice, however in many cases this can damage your ice box and void your warranty.
Thanks for reading, I hope that you have found this information valuable.
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