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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-14-2017, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
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Homemade freeze sticks

One of our camp members had done this and thought it was an interesting idea, so thought I would share. I call them freeze sticks, but they are just schedule 40 pipe filled 3/4 full with salt water. I cut them so that when caps are glued on they are length of the cooler. These were made out of 1 1/2" sch40. They don't take up much room in bottom of cooler and they allow your items to not sit in water on bottom of cooler when ice melts. When you get home, put them back in freezer so they are ready for next trip.
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I've heard of these referred to as polar bear tubes as well. From what I've read, they work very well. I'm planning to throw together a few when I have some disposable time.

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very neat idea ,I might try and make some and try them. thanks for sharing
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I’ll also make some of those

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Thanks for sharing D! The little man goes through 1/2-gallon containers of apple juice left and right....so I rinse a couple of those out and then fill with water and freeze for the cooler.


They also keep the cooler items from sitting in water, and once melted a little bit, they serve as a back up cold water supply while at the cabin while doing habitat work!
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Yeti should make these in their Philippines plant. They could charge $50.00 each and sell them to soccer moms at Dick's.
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One of our camp members had done this and thought it was an interesting idea, so thought I would share. I call them freeze sticks, but they are just schedule 40 pipe filled 3/4 full with salt water. I cut them so that when caps are glued on they are length of the cooler. These were made out of 1 1/2" sch40. They don't take up much room in bottom of cooler and they allow your items to not sit in water on bottom of cooler when ice melts. When you get home, put them back in freezer so they are ready for next trip.
great idea. I think I have the stuff here to make a few. I just have a few questions... do you use with or instead of ice? What is you salt to water ratio? And do they freeze solid?
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great idea. I think I have the stuff here to make a few. I just have a few questions... do you use with or instead of ice? What is you salt to water ratio? And do they freeze solid?
I've yet to make the PVC tubes, but I usually have a good stash of half-gallon tea jugs frozen and ready to go. I put roughly quarter a cup of salt per half gallon, bearing in mind that they're not filled the whole way to allow room to expand. They don't freeze solid, but rather a hard slush. I imagine the water/salt ratio will effect that. I usually use these instead of loose ice, as I don't really care for my food floating around in water after the ice melts.

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Not sure what ratio of salt to water was used when I made these. Not sure you even need to use salt, it is used to keep from freezing but I think as long as you only fill them 3/4 to allow for expansion, you will be fine. Mine are froze solid so apparently I did not add enough salt but they did not break. I actually like them being froze solid.
I do use mine with ice. I find the ice actually lasts a little longer with these in the bottom. What I like most is they keep your food off bottom and out of the water when your ice melts.
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Actually salt lowers the freezing point of water, but it will still freeze when the temp gets low enough. The fact the water with salt has a lower freezing point gives you colder ice. That is why the salt is added - it creates colder ice.
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