How To Make Ice Last Longer In A Cooler

We all love ice especially when the weather is extremely hot, don’t we? Ice helps to cool the temperature of our body not to mention their roles in refreshing us. The downside of the ice is that it consumes too much power to produce and also melts easily when subjected to hotter temperatures.

To be able to reduce your costs of electricity as you make the ice, you have to get to know more about the strategies to employ to do so. These are laid out and explained below.

Step I: Cool the icebox before use

Before using your icebox cooler to make the ice, consider cooling it. You may do so by spreading a layer of crushed ice around it the night just before utilizing it. By cooling it, you will spend less energy to generate the ice block because the process shall take place faster than usual. A typical crushed ice costs around $5, give or take. Seal the door tight immediately after spreading this crushed ice.

​Step II: Incorporate some block of ice

After placing the water to be converted into ice in the icebox, supplement the same with some block of ice. Being already cold, this block will similarly contribute to the lowering of the interior temperature and expedite the process of cooling. Long after disconnecting the power supply, the block of ice will also contribute to the coolness of the ice for a longer duration.

Step III: Add some salt to your ice block

Salt lowers the freezing point of water. Adding some salt into the water before deep freezing them, therefore, makes them harden faster than usual. You should, therefore, consider some salt into the water before inserting the same into the freezer. This procedure may however not work in instances when the flavor of the ice ought not to be salty. For instance, if you want sweetened ice, you might not find salt necessary.

​Step IV: Cool your drinks and food first before storage

In case you decide to boil water before use, you have to let them cool before placing them in the fridge. Cooler water takes shorter to harden than the hotter counterparts. On the same note, you might also want to place the water in the fridge component before transferring the same to the deep freezer part of the refrigerator. This way, it will be cooler and subsequently faster to harden than under normal circumstances.

​Step V: Stuff in some beverage bottles too!

To lengthen the cooling process and to bring about higher value for money, consider stuffing in some beverage bottles too in the deep freezer. The cooler bottles will absorb excess cold and thereby reduce the pace at which the block of ice melts.

You will literally ‘kill two birds with the same stone at a time. This simply means that you will get to enjoy both benefits at a time. The end results are great savings of money.

​Step VI: Keep the ice block out of the sun

While out of the fridge, take great care not to expose your ice into the sun. The hot rays of the sun will definitely raise the temperature of the ice block and in so doing, melt it.

If you cannot find a natural shade like the ones for trees or shrubs, you might want to cover the camping cooler with towels and other pieces of cloth which might also block the rays of the sun from hitting the ice directly.

Step VII: Keep the icebox shut all the time

Closely related to the above is the fact that you should shut the icebox at all times so as to prevent any cold from escaping outside. At the same time, shutting the door also sees to it that no heat gets into the ice box.

With regards to this, the ice stays cold and in the frozen state for a comparatively longer duration. You might also use a stripper to keep the tiny spaces completely sealed.

Step VIII: Fill your icebox as to the brim

Generally speaking, icebox that is filled to the brim will normally maintain the cold much longer than that which contains some spaces in between. The empty spaces give the cold some room to escape. It is for these reasons that you want to fill the ice box to the brim. Find other containers which have some other kinds of food to occupy the space that is left.

​Step IX: Maintain the room temperature very low

The ambient temperature also has a bearing on the pace at which the ice melts. A higher external temperature will definitely lead to a spike in the interior temperature of the ice box which in turn will make the ice melt much faster.

It is therefore in your best interest to lower the ambient temperature considerably too. You may engage your fan, air conditioner, or open the windows large enough to let in as much cool air as possible.

​Step X: Wrap the icebox

Lastly, you also ought to wrap the icebox or wheeled cooler. Leaving the icebox exposed to the bare external elements will definitely give room for much of the cold to escape. Wrapping it, on the other hand, will trap the cold and avail it to the ice for a longer period of time. Use thick and opaque cloth like a blanket to do the job. Be sure to seal any openings for added insulation.

​Final ​Verdict

Wow! You have many options for your consideration. To be on the safe side and obtain better outcomes, you have to make use of as many of them as can possibly be. Just skim the list and familiarize yourself with each tip. Thereafter, go ahead and incorporating as many as you can at a time. Why don’t let your friends and colleagues know about these tips too?

Daniel Sturm
 

I started this blog to provide the guideline, you towards a better and more comfortable hiking experience. I deliver more than hiking, camping and backpacking guideline.

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