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#4326506 - 08/14/10 06:47 PM Re: Home made,portable game cooler. [Re: NH K9]
Pete E Offline
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Registered: 04/11/01
Posts: 12136
Loc: North Wales, UK
Originally Posted By: NH K9

Should I be scared that the Brit thinks like I do or vice versa?

grin grin

Don't worry, I've been hanging around these forums so long, I'm starting to type with an American accent! grin grin

Edited by Pete E (08/14/10 06:50 PM)

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#4327280 - 08/15/10 12:53 AM Re: Home made,portable game cooler. [Re: NH K9]
Sycamore Online   content
Campfire Outfitter

Registered: 12/27/03
Posts: 7796
Loc: Arizona
Originally Posted By: NH K9
When the truck I'm running finally becomes a wood/plow truck my next one will get something just like that grin .

Should I be scared that the Brit thinks like I do or vice versa?


Just be careful to put the socket on the "American" side of the bed, not the British! grin

Originally Posted By: jorgeI
...Actually Sycamore, you are sort of right....

#4331418 - 08/16/10 05:06 PM Re: Home made,portable game cooler. [Re: Klikitarik]
shatodavis Offline
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Registered: 03/11/08
Posts: 305
Loc: Southcentral Missouri
Originally Posted By: Klikitarik
Originally Posted By: BlueDuck
I have heard of people using a chest freezer in the back of a pickup. Might work ok.

Could probably even fire it up using a power inverter if the truck can produce enough.

I done this once. We had the freezer in a trailer. When we stopped for the night we ran an extension chord out to it. It held all day easy enough.

#4331438 - 08/16/10 05:17 PM Re: Home made,portable game cooler. [Re: shatodavis]
BrentD Offline
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Registered: 09/20/02
Posts: 11730
Loc: MN, WI, IL, MI, KS, GA, AZ, IA
It is a little easier, cheaper and more space efficient to built the cooler as needed. I use a piece of 2" foam board in the bottom of my truck and then put the game on a tarp, cover with another tarp, add ice and then put sleeping bags and other gear over the top to keep the whole mass insulated. Works pretty well without tying up your truck bed to a big bulky cooler all by itself.

Save an elk, shoot a cow.

#4332558 - 08/17/10 12:26 AM Re: Home made,portable game cooler. [Re: BWalker]
George_De_Vries_3rd Offline
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Registered: 02/19/04
Posts: 10863
Loc: Iowa

Yea, my carpenter made two for me out of plywood and two inch styrofoam lining all sides. I'd say volume was about 200 qts, which was too big in retrospect (after they were built) 'cause when full they were not one-man capable. Even empty they were tough to handle.

But my church borrowed them every year for youth retreats to go out west. With ice things stayed cold for 3,4 days (with a spiget down near the bottom for draining). With dry ice, you could count on a week in warm temps. They took mant elk home in fine shape but I finally gave them to the church.

I find two 150 qt Igloo coolers pretty much do it for me now.

#4332601 - 08/17/10 12:43 AM Re: Home made,portable game cooler. [Re: George_De_Vries_3rd]
Jamie Offline
Campfire Guide

Registered: 01/20/03
Posts: 3842
Loc: Oly.WA
On my way home from AK a couple of times I took the ferry from SE AK to Prince Rupert Canada then drove down to WA. Both times I talked with guys that has chest freezers in the back of their truck and a small Gen. It works well for keeping fish frozen when you have to drive for a few days.

#4333052 - 08/17/10 03:11 AM Re: Home made,portable game cooler. [Re: Jamie]
blargon Offline
Campfire Regular

Registered: 02/19/08
Posts: 1402
Loc: ON
Two old freezers and a generator works well. We had 5 de-boned moose in these two. If you stop overnight, get a ground floor room at a motel, and run a cord.

#4333058 - 08/17/10 03:12 AM Re: Home made,portable game cooler. [Re: Jamie]
duxndogs Offline
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Registered: 04/04/07
Posts: 544
Loc: Deep South
I travel doing BBQ competitions and made a plywood "pig box" like you describe to transport whole hogs. Worked OK but finally got tired of repairing it and looked for a better idea. Found a used single lid aluminum truck tool box ($35), placed 3" foam insulation on all sides, added a drain from the marine store and then had it Rhino-lined. It's SUPER tough and with some home made ice blocks in the bottom will keep a pig cold for a week and it's lockable to boot. The Rhino lining is food grade plastic so no worries there. I've since made a smaller one and I promise it's every bit as tough as those $500 Yeti roto-molded coolers and a whole lot cheaper.
I once visited a place where BBQ was a verb, Canadian whiskey was the norm and no sweet tea on the menu. Hell on earth for a Southern boy!!

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