Bagged ice vs reusable packs

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sillydogz
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Bagged ice vs reusable packs - Sat, 05/25/13 1:40 PM
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Which do you use and why? 

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Re:Bagged ice vs reusable packs - Sat, 05/25/13 8:25 PM
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For what?

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Re:Bagged ice vs reusable packs - Sat, 05/25/13 8:37 PM
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I get cubed ice at Mc Ducks. $1 for an 8 lb bag. Cheapest in town and one block from my home. I can get all I want at my commissary for free when I have to drive 13 miles or so into Grand Junction.
 
Are you talking about those little 2 X 5 X 8 inch blue things? Or something bigger and better?

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Re:Bagged ice vs reusable packs - Sat, 05/25/13 8:37 PM
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Sorry I should have specified, for your coolers you keep your food in.

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Re:Bagged ice vs reusable packs - Sat, 05/25/13 8:44 PM
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Boo,
   I'm just curious what people use in general. I bought ice the other day and it worked great but I was thinking there must be a way to cut down on costs and use something reusable. I saw some sheets of reusable "ice cubes" its basically just a 12x20 panel of plastic with a bunch of pockets filled with water. Not sure how long they last but thought they might be worth looking into.

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Re:Bagged ice vs reusable packs - Sat, 05/25/13 9:30 PM
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For me the free stuff at the commissary of course is the best way to go. It's just that my commissary is too far to do my location 5 blocks from my home and McDonalds is at the corner. Your commissary should have an ice maker.

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Re:Bagged ice vs reusable packs - Sun, 05/26/13 3:58 AM
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If your just using it to keep food cold in a cooler,I fill 1/2 gal cartons with water and freeze works great for keeping stuff cold.If you want it to keep drinks cold,then you have to have cubes.
and another container for the serving ice.

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Re:Bagged ice vs reusable packs - Sun, 05/26/13 4:06 PM
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Boo,
   My "base station" doesn't have an ice maker. My freezer has an ice maker and we don't really use ice so i've been bagging it each day and putting it in my chest freezer. I also noticed today that BJ's has 20 pounds for 2.25. I'm going to stock up and throw some bags in my chest freezer so I'll have it whenever I go out. 

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Re:Bagged ice vs reusable packs - Sun, 05/26/13 8:20 PM
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I use the "Blue Ice" bricks in my food cooler. Got enough to keep rotating so the cooler never warms up. I got 2  one gallon jugs of store bought water that I rotate in my soda cooler, plus add ice to it.

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Re:Bagged ice vs reusable packs - Mon, 05/27/13 12:32 PM
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Techni Ice! THE best! Way better then blue ice, etc... Google it. Keeps my cooler way below 41 all the time.

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Re:Bagged ice vs reusable packs - Mon, 05/27/13 1:33 PM
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Thought I'd elaborate a bit on the techni ice.  There are a few different places you can buy it...I found the best deals on ebay.  They come in flat sheets...like plastic...and when you first receive them you'll think "what the heck?"  because they come completely flat.  You "activate" them by literally soaking them in water.  That's when you see the sheets have little square sections that fill up with water (well, the water actually soaks into the squares which contain something special)  and the swell and the sheets turn into bumpy squares.  Then you stick them in the freezer and let them freeze and away you go! 
 
The sheet size are about 8" x 12" or so.  I bought a butt load thinking I would need more for my huge cooler but 11 on a regular basis when I set up my food cooler.  This is how I do it:  I take three full sheets and lay them on the bottom of the cooler....three sheets laying down side by side almost fit the bottom of my cooler perfectly - your mileage may vary of course.  Then I prop up 8 sheets along the sides of the cooler.  They don't just stand up really but once I start loading food in there the food keeps them in place.  As I said they come in sheets and square sections and you're able to cut them down by cutting between the sections.  For my 8 stand up/side sheets I cut them down one section so I can close the lid.
 
They rarely get soft by the end of the day but the weather is mild here in the NW.  In the summer when we get our 2 weeks of over 80 degrees I'll probably bring a long three extra sheets that I will lay over the top of everything to keep things colder.
 
As far as ply thickness...I don't remember there being any different options on that one...I believe they are all the same.  For number of sheets...just find the best deal.  I remember buying them in sheets of 6...I think I bought 18 or 24 sheets...can't remember.
 
I have never used them for soda...I don't see them working well for that but I could totally be wrong.  Hmmm...sounds like an experiment I need to do!   I still use good old ice in a cooler for my soda.
 
Hope that helps!

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Re:Bagged ice vs reusable packs - Mon, 05/27/13 1:41 PM
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http://www.ebay.com/sch/maca2828/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p3686
 
This is the guy I bought them off ebay from...he sells them in in different sets and there are some pretty good deals.  Sounds pricey at first but I have the same sheets I bought last September and I don't see them wearing out anytime soon!

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Re:Bagged ice vs reusable packs - Mon, 05/27/13 6:05 PM
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Thanks for the info Dj! This is EXACTLY the type of thing I'm looking for. I saw some other sheet still ice cubes but they had mixed reviews. I had a bunch of cheap water from a birthday party sitting around so I tossed about a dozen in the freezer and used them in my food cooler today. Worked pretty good.

 

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Re:Bagged ice vs reusable packs - Mon, 05/27/13 11:19 PM
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anyone try glycol sheets, like they use for outside bars in the casinos?

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Re:Bagged ice vs reusable packs - Tue, 05/28/13 9:44 AM
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I use frozen water bottles!

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Re:Bagged ice vs reusable packs - Fri, 06/7/13 9:38 AM
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i use to use ice packs...they vary in quality and extended freeze times....its much better than ice