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Old 03-15-2014, 05:51 PM   #1
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ice box?

my pop up has an ice box. how well do these work and what type of ice should I use ? block or dry ice ?
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Old 03-15-2014, 06:41 PM   #2
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When we sailed we usually put a couple of blocks at the bottom of the ice box a day or two before we headed out to start the cooling process and then the day we left added another block to the bottom of the box. Once our supplies were in we'd dump a few bags of chips over all of it (stuff we wanted to make sure didn't freeze went on a wire shelf towards the top of the box). We'd add a couple of bags of chips each day, and replace the blocks every four or five days.

Of course this assumes you have a similar setup to what we had on the boat...
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snip......Once our supplies were in we'd dump a few bags of chips over all of it (stuff we wanted to make sure didn't freeze went on a wire shelf towards the top of the box). We'd add a couple of bags of chips each day
Did you use regular or Bar-B-Que?
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Old 03-15-2014, 09:35 PM   #4
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my ice box is a stand up box that opens from the front like a small refrigerator. it has a small tray to put ice in. it's about 1.5 cf . I would like to know if it will stay cold or do I need to put a small dorm refrigerator in it.
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did you use regular or bar-b-que?
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I'd yank it and put in a suitable dorm fridge. They (the dorm fridges) don't hold much but at least you will get whatever you can fit inside cold and won't have to deal with chips (regular or Bar-B-Que) all inside there.

In our old Palomino pup there was a traditional horizontal ice box and we used it for storing delicate items like snack foods, smores ingredients and some canned food at the bottom. We brought along my dorm fridge and set it on a folding table or picnic table under the trailers awning.
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Our previous sailboat had an ice box. We didn't use it much, sort of a PIA to keep fresh ice in it. It worked about like an ice chest ... 48-72 hours before more ice was required. We used block ice, cubed ice would last less time. For us, when sailing, there wasn't a corner store with ice available so we really limited bringing items that required cooling ... Probably why I prefer scotch to beer :-).

Current boat had 12v fridge...much better. We have a small solar panel to keep the batteries charged. If we get cloud cover for a couple days we can always fire up the inboard and let the alternator top off the batteries.
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Did you use regular or Bar-B-Que?
Salt & Vinegar works best, but regular will do
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Old 03-16-2014, 12:19 PM   #9
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i'm going to take my ice chest with me and if the ice box don't stay cold i'll have something to keep my food cold. if I don't like the ice box i'll use it for storage and use a dorm refrigerator under the awning. if I use chips it will be sour cream & onion
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My preferred chip is Sour Cream and Onion. Preferably Old Dutch Brand.
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