Keeping your cooler off the ground?

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Keeping your cooler off the ground?

Post by streetartsquirrel » Mon Aug 03, 2015 12:41 pm

Going to be bringing 2 coolers and was curious how important it is to keep them off the ground to avoid the conducting heat.

I would need something that can hold ~75 lbs of weight.

Thought about using bricks but i was afraid heat could transfer through brick (like a brick oven). Thought about using the storage bins I will be bringing for random supplies but dont want to have to lift up the cooler each time I need access to the bin.

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Re: Keeping your cooler off the ground?

Post by TT120 » Mon Aug 03, 2015 12:43 pm

I use a couple short pieces of 2x4's. Maybe 18" long.
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Re: Keeping your cooler off the ground?

Post by lucky420 » Mon Aug 03, 2015 12:44 pm

lots of people use wood, as in 2x4's 2x6's
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Post by misfit » Mon Aug 03, 2015 12:52 pm

we use a coleman collapsible bench. light weight and goes right into a bag for traveling. holds 250 lbs. room for storage under the bench.
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Re: Keeping your cooler off the ground?

Post by Ratty » Mon Aug 03, 2015 3:21 pm

I use those 6 inch tall crates that liquor stores get their liter bottles in. Very strong. I don't recommend stealing them but they are very easy to find. Just ask around.
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Re: Keeping your cooler off the ground?

Post by smiffman » Wed Aug 05, 2015 10:21 am

Ratty wrote:I use those 6 inch tall crates that liquor stores get their liter bottles in. Very strong. I don't recommend stealing them but they are very easy to find. Just ask around.


Hahaha I just liberated some of these for some ghetto bike baskets but cooler stand works too, damn now I need some more.

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Post by remi » Wed Aug 05, 2015 10:37 am

I try using something I'm already bringing up. Dual purpose items save spot. Ex. I use our geo-dome pole boxes as bench seats (turn the upside down, good to go.)
We use a ramp to load/unload stuff from trailer and this ramp is also the item that our entire camp uses to keep the coolers off the ground in the shaded kitchen area.
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Re: Keeping your cooler off the ground?

Post by Popeye » Wed Aug 05, 2015 11:12 am

Empty beer cans. You'll have them anyway
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Post by GreyCoyote » Wed Aug 05, 2015 12:02 pm

Ulisse wrote:Empty beer cans. You'll have them anyway
ROTFLMAO! Love this!! :lol:
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Post by chuckularone » Thu Aug 06, 2015 5:46 pm

GreyCoyote wrote:
Ulisse wrote:Empty beer cans. You'll have them anyway
ROTFLMAO! Love this!! :lol:

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Re: Keeping your cooler off the ground?

Post by Canoe » Thu Aug 06, 2015 10:50 pm

More important if they're in the sun, or nearby ground is in the sun. But you don't want your coolers in the sun, or in line-of-sight to sun-baked ground that is radiating heat - but you'll still have the hot air (unless they're inside a cooled yurt or something). Which is why you want to search for the threads on how to make your cooler more efficient (old school blanket wrap through to modern insulation and/or radiant barriers). Details have included how to rig 2x4s and such, including how to do it so your cooler can sit under a camp kitchen table, sliding out when you need access (cooler sliding on plastic food serving trays?).

For large camps cooking for many and camps serving items to the public, the BRC health rules have required that coolers be raised up off the playa. I assume that's the same this year (but I haven't checked).
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Re: Keeping your cooler off the ground?

Post by MyDearFriend » Fri Aug 14, 2015 3:58 pm

Sawed-off blocks of 2x4 keep my coolers off the ground. 8) Thanks, Ygmir!

Bi-layer slip covers, fleece inside something shiny, also help quite a bit, as does shade that allows ground-level air-flow, in other words has a 6-12 inch gap along the ground on all sides. (This also reduces dust accumulation).
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Re: Keeping your cooler off the ground?

Post by trilobyte » Fri Aug 14, 2015 4:04 pm

We do little cooler tables made from 2x4's and a plank of OSB (cheap plywood). This gets the coolers off the ground by a wide margin, and we use the space underneath for campmates to keep bins or boxes with stuff that doesn't need refrigeration.

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Re: Keeping your cooler off the ground?

Post by Corvus » Fri Aug 14, 2015 6:15 pm

I'm in a camp of some 200 people so we got lots-n-lots of coolers. We use pallets.

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Re: Keeping your cooler off the ground?

Post by motskyroonmatick » Fri Aug 14, 2015 7:09 pm

I've had bad luck using wool blankets on coolers in the sun. They seemed to capture the heat. Now I have a huge foil backed insulation box that I keep them in.
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Re: Keeping your cooler off the ground?

Post by Canoe » Fri Aug 14, 2015 7:10 pm

MyDearFriend wrote:... has a 6-12 inch gap along the ground on all sides. (This also reduces dust accumulation).
And hence reduces exposure to playa soil contaminants, including
... aquatic micro-fauna eggs or dead body parts, bacteria normally on the playa, bacteria deposited by migratory birds, bacteria blown in off of surrounding land or the bacteria in the water that the water trucks spray on the dusty BRC roads.
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