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Old 08-21-2005, 10:46 PM   #15
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"markdoane" You win! My Refrigerators went out last week. I'm looking for a good 3-way to replace it with. I'm going to use Ice to keep it cool this next week trip.
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Old 08-21-2005, 11:55 PM   #16
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"markdoane" You win! My Refrigerators went out last week. I'm looking for a good 3-way to replace it with. I'm going to use Ice to keep it cool this next week trip.
You might ought to rethink that idea. Refrigerators aren't as well insulated as good ice chests and ice doesn't work very well.

We tried using ice when our refrigerator went out on our last trip. I was buying blocks of ice daily when I could get the blocks and bags of cubes otherwise. It was a disaster with water going everywhere. The bags on the ice leaked and when I tried to put the bags in a throwaway aluminum pan, iwater sloshed out when the trailer moved. Also, the bags sweated terribly and dripped all over the place.

We finally found a grocery store that stocked dry ice. About $6 worth of dry ice in the freezer compartment kept the compartment cool for days on end without any mess. Wrap the dry ice in newspaper to regulate the cooling. A bare block of dry ice will freeze everything in there solid.

Our local HEB grocery has dry ice. I often buy a small block to start the cool-down of the refrigerator in near 100-degree weather. I figure that it saves on propane some of what the dry ice costs and cools down a lot faster. I put part of the block in the freezer compartment and part in the refrigerator section..
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Ice works best in ice chests. Keep it in the chest, then transfer over to the fridge when destinated.
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Folks who think that food stays safely cold in their turned-off refrigerator in hot weather should put a bag of ice in there and see just how fast it melts.

My refrigerator thermometer is out of the green (safe) sone within a couple of hours of turning the box off. My former 3-way would just barely hold safe temperature when ambient is near 100-degrees.

I nearly died once from food poisoning; spoiled food is a lot more dangerous than driving with the refrigerator on.
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Old 08-22-2005, 01:29 PM   #19
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I think that I'll go "Dry Ice" this trip. then I'll order My new 3-way.
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