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Old 07-13-2009, 09:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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As the ice melts in your cooler, is it better to drain off the water, or leave it...which will keep your ice longer?
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the water will still be cold so keep it i guess??
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I've personally always kept it. My reasoning is that once you remove that water, the ice then has to cool the now abundant air present inside the cooler. Keeping the water in will help maintain a cooler temp. along with the remaining ice. As long as all your stuff is in baggies and whatnot.
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i keep the water untill i get more ice, than drain it.
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water keeps a uniform surface area for which heat to transfer away from your items

(cold is simply the lack of heat)
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If ur storing thawed meet in the cooler sometimes the water gets contaminated even thought the meet may be in a plastic bag. U should always keep the cooler in shade if you can. Its also a good idea to store some drink in aluminium cans as well. Those cans actually keep things cold as a result of the metal.
yeah the meat does, if i have i try to keep i out of the water, my cooler has a little basket for that.
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i keep the water untill i get more ice, than drain it.
same.


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yeah the meat does, if i have i try to keep i out of the water, my cooler has a little basket for that.

My cooler has beer cans for that
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My cooler has beer cans for that
when car camping i have 2 coolers. one is food, other is beer. yes, that much beer is required that it needs its own cooler. i dont want to go digging around hotdogs and hamburgers trying to get to my beer.
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when car camping i have 2 coolers. one is food, other is beer. yes, that much beer is required that it needs its own cooler. i dont want to go digging around hotdogs and hamburgers trying to get to my beer.
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