How well does an icebox work?

Discussion in 'Refrigerators and Coolers' started by DansAndDogs, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. DansAndDogs

    DansAndDogs New Member

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    I was wondering what folks thought about how well an icebox keeps things cool. I've searched previous posts, but can't really find an answer. Is it worth trying to remove the icebox and add a dorm style fridge? I have a small pup, so not much room to leave one on the counter or something like that.
     
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    dupreet New Member

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    Iceboxes really don't work well at all. They are insulated with an inch of Styrofoam, and they have a drain that empties out any melted water....reducing the amount of 'coolness' substantially. We use ours as a storage bin for dishes, cups, etc. Our PUP has a small fridge too.

    If you are only planning to camp where they have power, then the dorm fridge plan will work. When you are shopping, make sure you get an 'old fashioned' one with coils in the back. An increasing number of dorm fridges now have the thermoelectric chilling similar to Powerchill coolers. These don't work as well in the summer in non-air conditioned temps.

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    Having graduated from a tent to an older pup with bare bones amenities, I don't mind the ice box too much. I freeze water in tupperware, and use 2 solid blocks of ice in the bottom, then my food, then bag ice on top, which works pretty good. Another thing I do is stop up the drain, to keep the cold water from draining out, and that helps alot as far as ice melting too fast. (Just check it ocasionally to see if you need to let some water out.) I still end up buying at least one bag of ice before the weekend is up, but then again when it was just a tent and a cooler, I had to do that too so no big deal to me. Hope this helps you decide what to do.

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    If you're looking to replace the ice box i would replace it with a 3 way fridge i think you would be much happier in the end

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    Thanks for the input. I'm not sure about replacing with a fridge, I only have about 18 inches of clearance when folded up. I have thought about just using it for extra storage, but then I'll have to use a cooler for everything. Does dry ice make much difference?

    Edited by - DansAndDogs on June 06 2008 21:48:58
     
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    Dry ice will do the trick, but, it's not as cheap as bags of ice or as flexible as small ice chunks (I use frozen milk jugs in my coolers) - it will last much longer though.
     
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    I was gonna add a dorm fridge to my old camper before it got wrecked. I always camp with electric. Now that the new one has a 3 way in it, I may try camping w/o electric (after I get a battery) and run the fridge on propane. I like that option since it came with the camper.

    To buy and add a fridge, I think the dorm ones are a lot cheaper then an RV 3 way. Aren't those around 200 plus ? A dorm fridge can be found for under 100.

    I do like the fridge though. My steaks and lunchmeats and cheese are no longer soggy from melting ice in the coolers. I still use the coolers for all the drinks though. Who cares if a pop can is wet? <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Smile">

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    i scored an old dorm fridge at a garage sale today - $5.
    it seems to work fine, just missing the shelf (which is in the way for a jug of milk or bottle of wine anyway). it will mostly be used in the family room, but may be a supplement to the tiny 3-way in the Tacoma on electric camp-outs.

    i hate food floating in ice. i have found very few waterproof containers, but i have found a couple ways around soggy food.
    1) run the cooler like an ice box with a block of ice and the the drain hole open. elevate the cooler with a slight slant to allow run off.
    2) or line the bottom of the cooler with ice bottles, load the true perishables (meat, dairy), another sparse layer of ice bottles, then fruits and veggies that just need to stay cool. as the bottles melt, we drink them or use them for coffee (sorry I'm a coffee snob). if need be we add a bag (or preferably broken up block). the bottles on the bottom keep food out of the melt from the new ice for quite a while. when we drain the water from the coolers we use it for dishes, etc.
    3) i also like to use my old coolers (which have been replaced with the 5 day coolers that rock) for dry goods like bread, onions, potatoes, corn, etc. if its brutally hot I'll throw an ice bottle in with them to keep stuff from baking.

    Block ice is awesome, well worth the extra 30 cents.

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    My ice box works great for storing the misc junk I don't want sitting around the pup. I've never put a piece of ice, or any food items in there. I actually can't wait until the ice box is replaced by the 3-way fridge I got from the parts pup!

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    When we bought our PUP, the ice box had already been replaced with three wire mesh drawers. Works great for dry storage and the thinnest drawer is great for utensils. We bought a 1.7 cf fridge that sits on top of the cabinet. This works great for all our foods and we keep our ice and bottled water (we quit buying soft drinks, too expensive and the kids would only drink half of the can) in a 5-day cooler outside.

    We left our PUP popped up at a campsite for an entire week and left the fridge in it with no A/C the week before Memorial Day (80-90 deg. Texas days). I was afraid we would find all the spoiled because I am sure the interior of the camper reached well over 100 degrees. Unbelievably, the little freezer was still frozen and all the fresh foods were still cold.

    So I do recommend a dorm size fridge but as mentioned before, get one with the old style compressor and fins on the back. The downside for us is that the fridge is too tall to stay in the camper when it is closed so we have to move it to the van when we pop-down. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_dissapprove.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Disapprove">

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