A recent sheep hunt in Southern Arizona had a cold hard twist.
Ridiculous Insulation x 2:
One of the local’s from Babbit’s Backcountry and a couple of Flatline Maps guys took one of our 275 qt coolers for a month of hunting. (Both great companies, and dealers for us).
The twist came when they put one of our 60 qt coolers inside the 275 qt one. The smaller cooler had no ice or water, just frozen milk, meat and the like. The rest of the big cooler held there drinks and ‘fridge’ items.
Temperatures were consistently in the mid 90′s as the weeks rolled by, and the guys glassed allot interesting border traffic and a few Desert Big Horns over the weeks. While the hunting was challenging and worthy of an article in its own right time went right on by.
After a full month the milk was still half frozen in the little cooler, and more then once they didn’t defrost the meat in time or dinner.
Porksicle anyone ?
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How to Use Your Cooler
Because Canyon Coolers uses such well-designed insulation in this product it will retain cold and heat.
When prepping the cooler for optimal performance make sure the cooler is not hot. If you load the cooler after it has been stored in a warm environment and is not cooled before use, you will not realize the coolers full potential. Try to begin with, and keep, the cooler out of direct sun.
Next lower the inside temperature of the cooler by adding a sacrificial bag of ice several hours before actually packing the cooler for use, if possible put it in a chest or walk-in freezer for the same amount of time. This will create a refrigerated mass inside the cooler. By pre-cooling you will eliminate the heat stored inside the walls and lid of the cooler enabling the cooler to begin at the same temperature as the ice you are about to add and allowing the Canyon Cooler to perform and insulate the way it was intended.
Now empty the water and add block ice to the entire bottom area of the cooler. Use as much block ice as possible because it has less surface area of which to melt. Food, drink and other goods can now be put into the cooler. It is best to refrigerate or freeze the items before adding them to the cooler. Leave enough space around the edge and top to add a substantial amount of cube ice and fill all remaining air pockets. Air pockets speed up the melting of the ice. Once full and allowing room to close the lid, do so promptly. During use only open the lid for short periods of time and as little as possible. This will greatly increase the life of the ice, in turn maintaining the quality and safety of foods and drinks as long as you can.
Depending on the size of the cooler and the steps that are followed to obtain maximum ice retention, results will vary. In most cases the Canyon Cooler will have 5% of ice remaining after nine days in temperatures of 90 degrees. Some customers have reported that their coolers have maintained ice in excess of 20 days.
Cleaning and Maintenance
If you take care of this cooler it can last your lifetime.
Before using your Canyon Cooler clean the interior with any standard dish washing detergent and rinse.
For tough odors, wash with a 1-part bleach and 50-parts water mixture. Clean the neoprene seal regularly to maintain a good tight seal. The exterior of the box has been manufactured with a smooth finish to allow ease of cleaning and can usually be cleaned by rinsing and wiping down with a non-abrasive cloth. If tough dirt remains use a mild dish detergent. Residue left from oils can be removed easily by using lanolin-based hand cleaner or baby oil. Do not use alcohol-based cleaners that dry before removing the stain.
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