Best insulation to add to an esky?

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Best insulation to add to an esky?

Unread post by rwally » June 26th, 2015, 11:14 pm

When camping I use the Waeco 11 Litre fridge/freezer to freeze water in 500ml plastic bottles. Then I move the frozen bottles to the esky - instead of using ice in the esky. In hot weather the esky struggles to keep cool. I'm thinking of gluing some sort of insulated panel to the bottom, sides and top of the esky.
Can anyone recommend an efficient insulation to use and where can I buy it in Perth area?

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Re: Best insulation to add to an esky?

Unread post by Red04VXE » June 27th, 2015, 5:24 am

Just buy an Evakool
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Re: Best insulation to add to an esky?

Unread post by Muckinhell » June 27th, 2015, 8:04 am

or you could try wrapping it in wet towels during summer. i did this with one of those cheap 3 way fridges and it helped it stay cooler.

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Re: Best insulation to add to an esky?

Unread post by Bert-O » June 27th, 2015, 10:14 am

If it's a cheap plastic esky with hollow walls/lid? If so, drill a few holes in the outer case big enough to poke in the spout from a can of foam-o-fill or space invader foam and fill it up with that as insulation. Will make it as good as one of those solid type cool boxes.

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Re: Best insulation to add to an esky?

Unread post by rwally » June 30th, 2015, 10:29 pm

Yes it is an Evakool. Should be renamed - NotVeryKool.

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Re: Best insulation to add to an esky?

Unread post by spinyeel » July 1st, 2015, 8:36 pm

Get a Techni Ice cooler. Mine have performed really well,even in 40 degree+ temperatures. Keep in a shady spot,with a damp towel over. ;)

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Re: Best insulation to add to an esky?

Unread post by Les - PK Ranger » July 2nd, 2015, 7:41 am

Yes, and Techniice have had some VERY good deals lately on the ice boxes . . . pro'ly because just about everyone is moving to fridges.

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Re: Best insulation to add to an esky?

Unread post by nilla60 » July 2nd, 2015, 10:00 pm

How airtight is your icebox/esky? A common source of poor performance is air leaks around the lid. If it is just a flat surface with a foam seal, the foam compresses over time and the latches can bow the lid, resulting in gaps that let the cold leak out. Good ice boxes can be had at very reasonable prices, so I'd save your current box/esky for BBQs and look around for a better one.

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Re: Best insulation to add to an esky?

Unread post by cuvier100 » July 4th, 2015, 9:46 am

I tried this in WA's North years ago, the portable freezer just couldn't keep up and took too long to freeze the water. It was an inefficient way of doing things.

Better off buying another portable fridge freezer with a solar set up.

If the price is of concern have you seen the price of the 42L komodo fridge freezers from kogan? I don't know whether they are any good but the price is very reasonable.

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Re: Best insulation to add to an esky?

Unread post by Dubguy » December 20th, 2015, 3:10 am

ive been looking at the techni ice ice boxes, but unfortunetly they are sold out of the one i want. what is another good brand?

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Re: Best insulation to add to an esky?

Unread post by GBC » December 21st, 2015, 11:52 am

Fibreglass - evakool - you'll never need another esky.

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