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What brand of esky??

Postby wannabee » Sun Jan 06, 2008 8:44 am

Gidday all,

I am thinking about getting a new esky, but I am confused by the huge number of brands & models. At the moment I have a conventional Rubbermaid esky, which I improved by injecting foam into the lid. This will keep ice frozen for 3 or 4 days, but some of the more expensive brands claim 5+ days. Are they for real?

Apart from the well known brands, Supercheap and Big W have their own brands, lots cheaper than the better known ones. Does anyone have any experience with these? Are they any good? Or is it a case where you get what you pay for?

Thanks,

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Postby Troyk » Sun Jan 06, 2008 9:37 am

Mike,

I have one of those Tropical 82L poly ice boxes. Foam filled all round including lid. They are the orange ones you see outside Down Under Camping. I have still had ice after 8 days. Mind you we open it as little as possible. We also have a Waeco 3 way fridge, for milk , beer, drinks, butter etc which you get out all the time.

They are made in Caloundra, and have a good 3" lid.

I use the 1/3 ice rule, so I freeze 9 x 3L milk bottles, usually water but if we are going to be away for more than a few days, we might actually freeze a couple of them as milk.
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Postby GypsyLady » Sun Jan 06, 2008 9:48 am

Troyk wrote:Mike,

I have one of those Tropical 82L poly ice boxes.

I use the 1/3 ice rule, so I freeze 9 x 3L milk bottles, usually water but if we are going to be away for more than a few days, we might actually freeze a couple of them as milk.


I also have one of these but the 52 litre model Mike. I bought mine from Down Under Camping as a 'second'. It had a couple of scratch marks on it.

It is used as a drinks esky so is opened frequently. I make my own 'hard' ice (15 kg block) before I leave home and also put frozen 3 litre bottles of water in if possible. I also top up with a bag of party ice from the supermarket before I leave home.

Taking into account that it is opened as frequently as it is, I still get a minimum of five days out of the 52 litre one. I imagine the bigger ones would get more.

When I did my research it was one of the cheaper ones on the market, I have had it a few years now so things may have changed in that time.

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Postby waltzingmatilda » Mon Jan 07, 2008 11:36 am

If you want a serious esky we have found our evakool to be excellent http://www.evakool.com.au/, we have a 40 litre one, cover the bottom with block ice using butter containers or larger and ice will last 3 days at least.
We bought ours because last year we went camping on the Murray River, campers with us had a larger Evakool with block ice in the bottom, after 3 days still had frozen meat and the temp was at least 30 degrees. that sold us, amazing!! Cheers
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