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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-29-2019, 09:22 AM Thread Starter
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Looking To Buy A New Cooler

I have been thinking about getting a new cooler. I have looked at them all. Yeti seemed to be small and very expensive. I borrowed a friend's Pelican cooler it was a little bigger and cheaper than a yeti. Looking for other choices and experiences with them. Thanks
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What do you plan on using the cooler for? And how long do you need the ice to last? How much are going to put in it? Those are what I ask myself and look at the specs from that perspective and not the name. A lot of them are just fancy names that are status symbols and overkill for taking drinks for a day. I have a coleman extreme that keeps ice for 5 days fine.
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I second the coleman. I got the 120 qt extreme marine, which is now on amazon for $45, and it'll fit two boned out deer no problem and hold the ice for several days.
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coleman xtreme here also, brought back a elk from Idaho in mine couple yrs ago, 37 hrs still frozen, got a 120 quart from walmart, we took it on vacation last week, Ice stayed good for 4 days . ( but I pre chilled it the night before )
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Great information and logic used. I have some cheap cooler that is horrible - leave here and by the time I get to the campground 3 hours later, I've lost half of the ice. I started looking at the Yeti knockoffs, and even they are spendy. Then I saw this post and started thinking, how long do I really need to keep something cold? The Coleman Extreme seems to fit that nice niche - works well AND doesn't break the bank. Good information, thanks for sharing!

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I have a Coleman extreme 100 qt and a 150 qt. The trick in keeping ice from melting is to put cold contents into a cold cooler. When I go to SC to hunt hogs my cooler sits in the walk in cooler with the lid open from the day I arrive to the day I leave. The meat hangs in the walk-in for 2 or three days and is quartered when we leave. We put about 3 inches of ice on the bottom of the cold chests, then the meat, usually two hogs, then fill the rest of the space with ice and close the lid. When I get to the butcher shop about 13 hours later there probably isn't more than a cup of water in the ice chest. When I killed my Bison in MO the animal was gutted immediately and hung in a walk-in for two days, then butchered and vacume packed and quick frozen. The coolers sat in the walk in freezer from the time the animals went into the walk-in cooler until the butchered and frozen meat was put into the cooler. It is a long drive, about 17 hours with food and fuel stop. When I got home it was as though the meat had just been put in the cooler. The Coleman extreme does all I will ever ask of an ice chest.
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I have too many coolers. I have 4 giant ones we used to haul cut, wrapped, frozen elk and muley home from our western hunts. Probably another 1/2 dozen smaller ones in the garage also. None are premium style coolers.

Iím looking for an old school metal Coleman ( 1960-70) style to replace my fish box on my boat. Itís currently held together with JB Weld and duct tape. Itís always a conversation starter when someone goes fishing with me. Folks have asked to make donations to buy a new one. The one Iím using now I bought new in 1977 to take to Canada. Thereís been thousands of pounds of fish in that box in the last 40 years, but itís time for a new one.

When I go fishing, I put 3 one gallon blocks of ice in my fish cooler. Big blocks of ice hold a lot better than bags of ice. Plus itís free, as I freeze them at home.
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I have a Coleman extreme 100 qt and a 150 qt. The trick in keeping ice from melting is to put cold contents into a cold cooler. When I go to SC to hunt hogs my cooler sits in the walk in cooler with the lid open from the day I arrive to the day I leave. The meat hangs in the walk-in for 2 or three days and is quartered when we leave. We put about 3 inches of ice on the bottom of the cold chests, then the meat, usually two hogs, then fill the rest of the space with ice and close the lid. When I get to the butcher shop about 13 hours later there probably isn't more than a cup of water in the ice chest. When I killed my Bison in MO the animal was gutted immediately and hung in a walk-in for two days, then butchered and vacume packed and quick frozen. The coolers sat in the walk in freezer from the time the animals went into the walk-in cooler until the butchered and frozen meat was put into the cooler. It is a long drive, about 17 hours with food and fuel stop. When I got home it was as though the meat had just been put in the cooler. The Coleman extreme does all I will ever ask of an ice chest.
And another note. A cooler works just as good as a heater too. I will put pulled pork or brisket that comes off a smoker inside wrapped in foil with a blanket and 8 hours later its still plenty hot. Take note, your wife is usually hotter if you use one of her blankets that now smells like brisket though.
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Coleman extreme covers all my needs also. Couple days is the max I need, pre-cool, manage your ice properly. Metal hinges, easy to clean, don't feel bad beating it up cause I paid $50 for it. I mostly use coolers for fish, summer beverages, and rarely toting around red meat.

Those rotomolded coolers are insanely heavy. I don't really see the incremental gain in insulation worth that tradeoff alone, not to mention the price considerations.
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