If you happen to be a picnic or camping enthusiast, then having a good quality ice box to store your perishables, food, drink, etc., is of vital importance. It could be said that without an ice box or cooler your trip to the beach, picnic or outdoor trekking is over before it even got started. Therefore, buying a good quality ice box capable of withstanding the rigours of rough use, wear and tear is something that you cannot afford not to have.
Selecting The Right Cooler
There are many coolers for sale in the market, varying in size from 30-litre coolers all the way to giant 800-litre coolers; this type of cooler is usually used by fishermen or by sports fishermen. Most of these coolers are made from fiberglass which has good cold retention properties. Usually, the interior and exterior layers are made with ultraviolet resistant polyethylene and insulated with high density polyurethane foam injected under extreme pressure into the walls, lid and base which can withstand tough conditions and the insulation material, sandwiched between the layers ensures that food and drink items are kept cold for long periods of time. The really big ice cooler of 800 litres is also used to keep fish caught by fishermen fresh, but the fishy odour does not remain in the chest, as it can be easily cleaned.
Quality Products Lasts Longer
A normal family on a camping trip will require ice boxes ranging from 100 to 300 litres depending on the number of people in the family. Food and drink items will have to be loaded along with adequate ice or dry ice packs to keep their food fresh for a few days. By keeping these boxes out of the sun or high temperatures, you can extend the melt rate of the ice and the inner temperature, but it might need replenishing if conditions are not conducive. A good ice box made with good quality fibreglass and insulation will be able to withstand high external temperatures much longer than an ordinary polyethylene made cooler. It is this quality and the resulting ice retention capability that needs to be checked out properly when you buy an ice box.
Appropriate Care And Maintenance
Expert campers recommend that it is advisable to use two ice boxes for your trip; one box for food and the other box for beverages, which will be opened more frequently than the food box. Taking proper care and maintenance of an ice chest cooler is very important as it can give you years of service if properly cared for. Before and after use, an ice cooler needs to be washed thoroughly with warm soapy water and cleaned thoroughly. It should be left to dry naturally and kept open till all moisture is gone. Putting sachets of baking powder would remove any lingering odors, especially if it has been used to store fish. Many of the bigger ice boxes come with an extra lid cushion which can then be used as extra seats.